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Period pain and menopause

Period pain can be a symptom of the menopause

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  • Lorraine Kirkpatrick 's photo avatar
    Lorraine Kirkpatrick — 13.03.2018 20:53
    Iam 52 have period pains n no period,was tested at doctors n am not menopausal yet

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      eileen — 15.03.2018 15:51
      Hi Lorraine Menopause tests are not very accurate and will often come back negative when you are, in fact in the menopause. You are in the average age range 45-55 and missing periods are often one of the first signs that you are approaching the menopause. I would wait another month or two then ask to be tested again to see if that makes a difference.

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    Samantha — 13.03.2018 07:06
    Hi Eileen - what about when you cycle is fairly regular (appears every 25-33 days but used to be bang on 28), but the pain is throughout the month? I have other peri symptoms than the less predictable cycle, including memory issues, hot flushes, mood swings, sore joints, so I am convinced this is early peri (I'm 45). The cramps can last from ovulation to the end of the period, but this month they carried on past the end for a week (so far) and this is notherwise the first time. I read a lot about cramps and no period, but what about extended cramps? Can this ever be normal for peri, assuming other causes have been checked out as ok? Thanks Sam

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      eileen — 14.03.2018 10:40
      Hi Samantha It is important to get this checked out by your doctor although this can happen for some women. Very often it can be caused by low magnesium affecting the muscle function of the womb and this causes cramping. You may find taking a magnesium citrate capsule 200mg twice a day can be of benefit. Also remember to drink lots of plain water every day as dehydration can be a big factor too. Do you get any digestive problems such as bloating, IBS or constipation as these can be part of the problem. If so then this will need to be addressed as well.

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    VICTORIA — 02.03.2018 05:50
    I am 36 and haven't had a period on 4 months. Firstly, I am not pregnant. Is it possible, to go through this at my age?

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      Eileen — 02.03.2018 10:35
      Hi Victoria, although the average age of menopause is 45-55, we know that women can go through this earlier, especially if there is a history of early menopause in the family. Changing periods are often one of the first signs so, this is often nothing to worry about. However, you might want to go to the doctor to help confirm your suspicions, just so they can check if it might be related to something else.

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      Kennedy — 02.04.2018 16:36
      My mother went through the change of the age of 39 maybe I am to .

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    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 03.04.2018 13:18
      Hi Kennedy The age you start the menopause can be roughly the same as other close female relatives so it is possible but not set in stone!

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