Were you younger or older when you started menopause? How did you know?
Edited by lamby248 - 6/12/12 at 5:36am
I had a complete hysterectomy about 9 years ago so menopause will be my choice. I currently take hormone replacement therapy. At the time of the hyst, I was already taking hormones to control peri-menopausal symptoms. The hormones apparently caused fibroids to start growing out of control. Since the doctor feared it might be cancer, we went straight to the hyst.
The short answer - early to mid-40's
Peri-menopause can last a long time. Peri-menopause is the time when you get the hot flashes and your period gets erratic. Not only are their hot flashes but you get "cold flashes" too which is when you can't get warm to save your life. No one ever tells you about those. And it can get a little hard to think. Not only is your period unpredictable as in it doesn't happen for a long time and then it comes or it get really light but you can also suddenly get gushing and your period feels like it'll never end.
Menopause is defined by the time when your period has stopped completely for 2 years.
I think I started the peri-menopause, but since everyone's symptoms are different who knows. One odd symptom I have had since maybe turning 46 or 47 is an unusually strong sense of smell. I am like a human bloodhound. I had the same thing happen when I was pregnant so it must be the hormones changing. It's a nice thing to have in the spring when everything is blooming. Not such a nice thing when I am around people that wear too much perfume. Certain perfumes that didnt used to bother me now make me feel like either 1.) I cant breathe or 2.) a knife in my temple. Years ago I used to like Bath & Body Works lotions. I cant be around that stuff at all now.