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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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4/2/13 6:54 A

My two cents is you should check with your doctor as you have all the symptoms of peri-menopause.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
4/2/13 12:28 A

Have you ever tried taking calcium supplement? Yes sounds crazy but I use to be a medical assistant before I got to sick to work and they told us that women don't drink a lot of milk and have calcium deficiency's and that really does effect PMS...
I use to have it and what I did I was faithful and bought viactiv they sell it at Walmart for like 6 bucks it's calcium supplements that look like chocolates and taste like tootsie rolls and if your faithful and take 2 once a day (adds up to 1200mgs) it will help with PMS BIG TIME!!!!!!
It worked for me but you have to stay faithful to doing it and you won't see results for at least a month or so...
good luck!

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
4/1/13 11:38 P

At age 40 my periods got worse too. 3-5 days of bad cramping and up to 17 days of flow, some light days and some real heavy. I went through that for three months then went to doctor. I already knew what I wanted because I did my own research. My family doc sent me to a specialist (GYNO) and she gave me two options. A low dosage birth control pill to help out with cramps and bleeding or Novasure. Novasure is what I wanted. I did the procedure and never felt better. No more periods. It isnt guaranteed to stop periods but usually does. It is to stop heavy bleeding. If unsure what it is you can look it up online. It is simple and no after effects except slight ,slight cramping first day after procedure. Had one light period one time. One average period a year later, and then nothing ever since. I had the procedure done 4 years ago. Insurance will not allow it unless you say you have heavy bleeding. I say it should be offered to all woman who are done having children. It saved my life, no way in heck would I be able to deal with that any longer.

TACDGB Posts: 6,131
4/1/13 11:10 P

I think it depends on your body when the menstrual cycle will end....I am 57 and still having a menstrual cycle like a 22 year old. I still have mood swings with mine. I have been so grouchy today because of it....

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,310
4/1/13 9:47 P

I never really experienced "PMS" until I reached about 40. Crabby and uncomfortable, yes. Weepy, emotional, sensitive and quick to spark into irrational anger, that was not part of my experience when younger - but it plagues me now. Menopause can't come 'round soon enough.

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TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,061
4/1/13 4:03 P

thanks to all. My supervisor is 53 and she says she has been going through "the change" for about a year now. I thought is only lasted a few weeks. OH boy, the stuff us women have to go through. Whew!

MARCIEMCGOWAN Posts: 2,344
4/1/13 3:55 P

I am almost 50, and I am still getting my monthly period. When will this end?

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4/1/13 3:51 P

TURTLESDOVE,

What you might be experiencing are some early symptoms of peri-menopause. You're not too young to start noticing or experiencing symptoms of the "change". It's probably a long way off. but when I was in my early 40s, I started noticing the occasional unusual mood swing. It wasn't so bad. Now that I am in peri menopause, my hormones are causing mood swings like you wouldn't believe. It definitely got worse with age.

PMS symptoms I thought I'd gotten rid of came back with peri-menopause. ugh...

Now that I know my mood swings are related to my hormone shifts, I'm slightly better able to cope. However, there are days when my moods are all over the boards. I have found that a good workout has helped control the moods. At least, when I'm exercising, my mind is slightly more focused.

Do a google search on peri-menopause symptoms. it doesn't hurt to be informed.



GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
4/1/13 3:39 P

Genetics and diet play a big part in how we age. Check out my mother's page (MamiSheli53). She'll be SIXTY this summer, and she really doesn't look like she's old enough to have a thirty-five year old (me). Smoking can cause premature aging, and so can poor diet.
Castor oil, or olive oil, shea butter, coco butter, and extra virgin coconut oil are all fantastic natural moisturizers. :)

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,061
4/1/13 3:29 P

thanks! I appreciate that! I've been rubbing castor oil on my face to help prevent wrinkles. Heck, I'll try anything once! Cashews huh? I'll have to try that. I tell you, I can't believe I'm 40 either. I'm the baby of 6 children, and my mom says she feels so old now. LOL!

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
4/1/13 3:24 P

YOU'RE FORTY?????

I had you pegged as under thirty! You look AMAZING!
Try upping your niacin intake-which can be found in cashews, and maybe start adding St. John's Wort supplements to your daily regimen. Next time you have an ob/gyn appt., ask for a hormone panel.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,061
4/1/13 3:05 P

geez, over the past couple of months, seems like when I hit the big 40, I have had more weird mood swings. I can't quite explain it, but I feel like I just want to crawl into a hole and cry my eyes out, for no apparent reason really. Anyone else feel this way, and is there any relief? In the past, I would turn to sweets, but since I still need to lose, I would rather not.

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