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Old 05-23-2020, 03:29 PM   #11
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@BethRags you said periods can be normal in perimenopause? That makes me wonder. I'm 37, so a bit young, but my hair is thinning on top, and I've been wondering if it's hormonal. Maybe I should get my hormones checked.
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@BethRags you said periods can be normal in perimenopause? That makes me wonder. I'm 37, so a bit young, but my hair is thinning on top, and I've been wondering if it's hormonal. Maybe I should get my hormones checked.

Yes. For most women, perimenopause actually begins very subtlety in our mid-to-late 30's. Generally, at that time periods will be a bit heavier or come closer together. Of course, for each woman there are individual ways that peri. manifests. Periods might be about the same as always, too.

I think that most women are taught to think of menopause as "all of a sudden my periods stopped." In reality, menopause is years of hormonal changes, some subtle, some overt. And menopause isn't usually done as soon as periods stop. For example, my periods stopped 2 years ago, but I still have times of horrible hot flashes. Hopefully, they will completely stop soon...

That said, if your hair is thinning I strongly suggest that you tell your gyn. Push for a hormone and thyroid panel. Thinning hair is definitely not a normal part of the process of menopause. No woman needs to lose her hair...start with getting tested. Good luck!
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@ Beth Rags, thank you so much for sharing all of what you did. It was very helpful and reassuring to me. I do want to find a good support site for women going through perimenopause/menopause. Do you have any recommendation(s)? I looked around online a bit, but didn't find a good one. Maybe I'm googling the wrong search terms?

I am on day 10 of this most recent menstrual period. I will say that it has wound down enough that I think today will likely be the last day, for now. I do hope I get a reasonable break from this!

Would you believe that my gynecologist's office left a vmx for me yesterday saying that my doctor is suddenly out of the office on the day I had an appointment? So now I have to get a new one. I thought next Thursday seemed a long time off. Now it will likely be even further into the future. I do have an appointment with her on June 18 for a, hopefully, in-person "routine" appointment. We'll see if/when that happens. I'm long overdue for my mammogram, too.
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@Beth Rags, thank you so much for sharing all of what you did. It was very helpful and reassuring to me. I do want to find a good support site for women going through perimenopause/menopause. Do you have any recommendation(s)? I looked around online a bit, but didn't find a good one. Maybe I'm googling the wrong search terms?
The best support group I've found is on Facebook (I know ). There are several menopause groups on Fb, but the one called "Menopause Support Group" is the best, I think. It has several thousand members.

This has a lot if info, but I don't think it has a support board, which is too bad.
Menopause - Support networks for menopausal women

This is a resource:
Menopause help: best forums and support groups for menopausal women

There is a menopause group I belong to; I used it a few years ago when I had to have a uterine biopsy due to abnormal bleeding. The group was very slow, but when occasionally a woman would ask a question other women were quick to respond. Unfortunately, I don't recall which group it was, since I rarely post there anymore. Occasionally I receive a question from a woman (it comes into my email) and I make a point to answer her.

I've noticed, though, that even if a meno. group isn't that active there will always be some women to answer questions and share experiences.
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