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10/18/12 7:57 A

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Thanks for all the wonderful replies! You ladies are awesome.

BERRY4, I read that full article from Family Circle. It was indeed a great source of information.

Cindy, I will definitely talk to my doctor when symptoms become problematic.

I still haven't started, and Saturday will mark six weeks. I have a feeling I'm in for a big one when it does show up.
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In case you missed it:
http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=18_things_every_woman_should_know_about_menopause

This is the longer article that the Spark people blog was taken from:
http://www.familycircle.com/health/family/things-every-woman-should-know-about-menopause/

This was one of the better listings of useful information that I've read recently. I've passed it on to several.

BTW when 5 girls (myself included) shared a house during college, we all "cycled" each other. Maybe it's pheromones!?! emoticon

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10/17/12 7:09 P

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I always wondered if syncing cycles were true or an urban myth. Well, I guess it's true.

Christie, when I first started perimenopause symptoms my doctor put me back on birth control pills. It has helped alot with my hot flashes and amount of flow. But lately, I have started spotting a few days in between periods (very annoying). I also don't have my sister or mom around any more and this group of ladies is a God send. emoticon to everyone in this group. You are all such a great support.

Brandtsgirl! emoticon It sounds like you made it out of the dark tunnel of perimenopause and into the light.


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Cricket That is the TRUTH! I had 3 teenage daughters here at home at once, and all 4 of us....My DH wanted to take stock out in Kotex

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Cricket,

An interesting fact is that when women live together their cycles frequently will sync up. It may be that your daughter moving back in could have triggered your cycle.



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I'd agree with Elisa,

Ever women is totally different.

Some don't even have HOT flashes.



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I was missing a month here & there, then went 6 months without one...then my daughter moved back home after college in May and I got it again. I have had lighter periods since then. We'll see.


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Expect the unexpected. emoticon

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62nvon,

When I knew i was in perimenopause my periods I would go 4 months with out one and then I'd get one and I'd flow (flooding for days) about 4 and then they would tapper off and I'd flow for about two weeks lightly. and then go another 4 months and restart again.
I went through this for a little over two years then I had one TOM that was really short and I've not had a flooding TOM in over 20 months. So this Feb of 2113 will be two years since my last TOM.

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I also had heavier periods that were more frequent for a while. I became more active, and they went more or less back to normal. Maybe 6 months later (maybe longer) I started skipping periods. At this point, I only have periods about every 3 months. On the other hand, if I'm inactive for a couple of weeks I will pretty much immediately have a period. Yup, like two opposite things happen at the same time...

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First mine got so heavy, it made me anemic, which makes flow heavier.

Then they got further apart.

I went thru this really annoying time where I spotted for like 3-4 months, UGH. Was I ever happy when that was over.

So it was heavier, spotting, less frequent, done.
The two changes I had, was in my skin ...got facial wrinkles and nasty skin on my forearms and legs within the first year... and my hair's gotten darker a lot darker and a bit thinner.

I also developed autoimmune hypothyroid disease at the same time, which isn't uncommon. So some of these symptoms of my perimenopause were overlapped with thyroid disease.

I'd suggest getting that checked next time you're at the doctor's especially if you can't maintain your weight despite diet and exercise.

Good luck.
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Thanks for all the replies, ladies!

I have no sisters, and my mom had surgical menopause 30+ years ago, so I don't really have any history to go on. It sounds like pretty much anything goes until IT finally goes... LOL

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For me it has been 3-1/2 months without a period , this is first time it has been this long without one . Don't miss it at all hope it stays gone for good !

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I've been skipping consistently every other month for a year or so now. This month was the first month that I skipped two in a row. So we'll see if I get it next month...



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Mine became more erratic both shorter and longer in length between. Then the timebetween gradually lengthened until I was sure I was done then big surprise-big and heavy (and on vacation on a beach!) then I finally quit. It has been 2 years now.


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... perimenopause.

It's been 37 days since my last period. That's by far the longest I've gone without that I can ever remember (except when preggers, of course).

For those of you in peri ... did your periods just get farther and farther apart or did they just stop? I'm sure there is a wide range of answers. I guess I just am curious what to expect.

Thanks!
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