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5/28/08 8:46 A

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I am also losing hair like I did not before. That is also a side effect of perimenopause and menopause. It could really be a dozen things but if you've had a problem with your thyroid in the past there is a good chance that it may be that. I think you are doing the right thing. Calling your doctor and getting it checked out.

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I'm so glad I asked this question because I didn't even think about my thyroid. I've never had any abnormal periods or lateness. I just started taking a very low dose of Synthroid 4 months ago. My test results after taking the medication for two months came back normal. I figured my thyroid was back to normal because I am losing weight. I was in the shower this morning and I noticed while I was shampooing that I had a bit of hair in my hands. It wasn't clumps of hair, it just seemed like a little more than usual. I wonder if I am going in the opposite direction, maybe becoming hyperthyroid from the medication, diet and exercise. I'm going to call my doctor and ask her to run the lab tests again. Thanks everyone!

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Boy, this is a great topic. I am having the same thing happening to me. I was diagnosed with Grave's disease last July. My periods had become light but I still had them. We started out with more medication than what I needed. And I became hypothyroid. My flow was pretty bad. So we reduced the medication. By February, my blood tests were coming back showing that I was stabilizing. The healthy eating and exercise (plus the medication) seemed to be doing the job. We thought that maybe I was in remission. We agreed that I would stay on the medication (lowest dosage) just to make sure that I was in remission. However, my periods have become non-existent. And if I do have some bleeding, it is very very light. Mostly dirty blood (as I call it). I am so scared that I am not in remission. I have worked so hard.

I am 47 yrs old. So maybe it is the start of menopause. I can't believe that is what I am hoping for. I go see the specialist again June 16. I am so nervous as to what he will say.

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5/27/08 10:19 P

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I am very irregular as well. I had a tubal pregnancy and found out because of my fallopian tubes I will be unable to have kids like a regular person and my hormones are all out of wack. The good thing is I am curable and hope to have some babies soon... The MD also says once I get to a lower weight my periods may end up becomming normal. Right now sometimes I have horrible PMS for weeks before my period starts, and sometimes I have nothing until the day I start. Sometimes I have cramps and a heavy flo and sometimes it's bearly there and no cramps. I am only 29 (just turned) I hope I'm not going to have the change soon, or no babies for me! ARGH!

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5/27/08 10:08 P

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I was diagnosed as peri at the age of 36. Two years later I had Graves disease. The first condition of having thyroid problems. I won't go on to much about this, because everyone else has given you the same answers that I would have. Take care of yourself. There is only one you.

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I had problems 3 years ago and they found out that I had some large fibroid tumors in my uterus. I also had a cyst on one ovary. I've had 3 normal pregnancies and had no clue there was a problem. Point is, missing a week is nothing to get worked up about, but if it continues for a while, I'd get a check-up from your doc. Don't just assume it's nothing. Always good to error on the side of caution.

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I think all the answers you have gotten from everyone are very good. If things don't straighten out, you might go see a doctor for a complete physical...

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Ok ladies, you know were all pre menapausal from the day your born. LOL Anyway, I'm 57 and still not sure whats going on with me. I went a whole yr. without a period, then the very next month, within maybe 5-6 days, started bleeding 2 different times, with cramps, and a third time had cramps with no bleeding. The bleed both times was very light and only lasted 1 1/2 days. Before the yr. with no period, I had periods on and off for about 3 yrs.. I
ve been to a new Dr. 2times now, had a ultrasound, endometrial sampling(biospy) and mamogram and all was ok. Tomorrow I have a pap smear done. Oh, by the way, I've never had a power surge(hot flash), or mood swings or any other symtoms of menopause. I'm asking the Dr. about the blood test tomorrow.
Stress can cause so many problems with your body, people just don't realize. My best advice is to go see a Dr. Try to have your health history up to date, especially your gyno history. Exercise too can cause period changes. Especially heavy exercise programs, like body building, circuit training, training for the Olympic , etc. Normal exercise shouldn't. Take care and Keep Sparkling !!!
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stress could do alot to your body.

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I had this happen to me and i was only 40!!I was under alot of stress and working some crazy hours that caused me to be on my feet l-o-n-g h-o-u-r-s,so needless to say i thought it was that,but being always so regular,three weeks late i am going to a DR. That is when i found out that they could do a blood test to tell if you are in a state of pre-menopausal!!Best to go and have a check-up.It will give you peace of mind!

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I'm glad you asked this question. Since starting my exercise routine and Spark lifestyle, I have not had a period - that's over 9 months now. I just kept assuming it's because of the exercise and weight loss but I'm very interested to hear what other women have to say about it. Is this something that most women experiencing weightloss see or should I be more concerned about it then I have been over the last 9 months?
I will tell you that I did see my Dr. about it they were not overly concerned about it. They did want me to go see a specialist for further testing but I never did.

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Yes, you could also be peri/pre-menopausal. I am and am only 34. I recently had to start taking natural progesterone and it has significantly improved my periods. They were becoming increasingly painful with a very heavy-clotted flow. After three months of taking the progesterone, I am back to normal again!! Most women start a decline in progesterone production in their 30's and become estrogen dominant. Whatever you do......do not take synthetic hormones....they do cause cancer!!!! My mother-in-law got breast cancer after taking estrogen for a couple of years. Dr immediately took her off of the estrogen and told her that is what caused her cancer. Find a good gynecologist that deals with natural hormones. A change in our bodies means something, and no I do not believe that it means that we are just getting older and we have to live with it.

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5/27/08 3:47 P

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I know. It's hard to think that at 35 your are starting this but at least now that I knew what it was it a big help. I feel a lot better. Makes me feel like I'm getting old already but at least it isn't anything serious. This was all coming to a head and having the biopsy around the same time that my husband's grandmother was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic and liver cancer at age 69. So it was the last thing we needed. But the progesterone has been a god send.



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Yup K, I thought I was too young too until the doctor told me that I was about average in relation to when women start to have pre/perimenopausal symptoms. There is a blood test that can help your doctor determine whether or not this is the case. I had the blood test and the doctor put me on birth control and all symptoms have been alleviated, including my irregular periods. I am now like clock work.

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I actually had the reverse happen. I am normally as regular as clockwork. Honestly, I can usually tell month to month exactly what day I will start (& no I am not on BC) but I was 2 days early this month. So odd. I also didn't have bad cramps like I usually do either & I am attributing that to all the exercise. emoticon

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Yup - if you're not pregnant, peri/pre-menopausal, or stressed, or lost a lot of weight suddenly, check your thyroid. My cycle is a sure indicator of the health of my thyroid. I just recently started taking synthroid, and voila - problem solved.

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Working out a lot can throw it out of whack. Stress can also do that if you've been under a lot of stress.

Also Michele is right. It could be pre-menopause or perimenopause as they call it.

I'm 35 and for the last year I've been having similar problems. My cycle was never on time (and I was always on time except for a few times in my life) and the cycle was at the point where I was getting it every two weeks and it was lasting 10 days or more and I was flowing heavily almost to the point of hemhoragging (sp?). At one point the doctor even gave me medication to stop the bleeding. I went to see him and he did a biopsy and that turned out normal so he decided that I had too much estrogren in my system. I had two choices birth control or progesterone. I first tried the birth control but that was expensive to pay for all the time when I didn't need it for birth control any more (I had a tubal almost 8 years ago) so I went to the progesterone which is a lot cheaper and after being on that a few months it has straightened itself out. I can pretty much plan activities when it will be, lasts only 5 days and only the first day or two is extremely heavy. So it is very possible that it is that. Everyone said I was too young but that isn't true when I did reading. Perimenopause can start 10 years before you actually hit menopause. I had other problems with hot flashes and everything else inlcuding mood swings, however, from what I've also read how bloodwork is able to detect the beginning of menopause bloodwork for perimenopause is not always accurate.

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5/27/08 3:26 P

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I had this same thing happen to me, and I found out I my thyroid was low. I started taking thyroid medication and 28 days later I started.

BTW....my thyroid tests did not come back low, my doctor who specializes in thyroid says this is very common. I took a VERY low dose. It is becoming more and more common that Dr's don't always believe the blood tests, symptoms are an important consideration also.

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This can happen for several reasons, you've been working out a lot, you are under a lot of stress or you are starting pre-menopause. This happened to me and because I was under so much stress, I thought that was why I was always late, turns out I was starting my menopause, who knew.

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My cycle is out of whack, I'm a week and a half overdue. Is this normal and what causes it? I've never had this happen before.

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