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I am 42 and for the past month Iv'e been having major hot flashes throughout the day..sweaty then eventually cold then back to hot again. Asleep in bed it's real bad, I've been waking up freezing in a pile of sweat. The back of my head is soaked every morning. I haven't had a period in about 6wks and that's odd for me since I always got mine every 21 days.
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I entered perimenopause at age 43. The first sign is when your period varies by 7 days either direction from normal. This phase can last as long as 10 years. The average age of menopause is 55 and that is when you've gone a year without a period. But everyone is different.
 

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CSS, congratulations on your pregnancy!

haha, ok just kidding.
I'm on hormone treatments and once the doctor was stressed because he was about to have to tell a 50 year old woman that she was in fact pregnant. She came in for treatment and I don't think that was the news she was looking for. Wow.
 

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lol no not pregnant, I'm done having kids, hubby had a vasectomy 14 yrs ago and no I have not slept with anyone else.. it just seems I'm so young to be having these hot flashes. I've been trying different things like drinking more water, tried to stop taking my adderall. I don't know what's going on.
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My periods for years tho were soo heavy and bad huge clots and always lasted 6 days. Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
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Some women start peri-menopause by mid 30's... I read average age for the actual 'pause' is between 45 to 55.

I'm 45 and I've been getting signs of peri-menopause for about 5 years now.
 

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Yeah, I started peri-menopause about 3 years ago, at 41. For me, the hot flushes are not constant. I will go a couple of weeks with no flushes, then all of a sudden I am constantly hot flushing. They were definately worse at the start, or perhaps I am just used to them now.

The night sweats are the worst, they interrup your sleep, you wake up in the wee hours of the morning & that is it, you are done sleeping for the night.

My periods were always 27-29 days apart, then when I hit peri-meno, they are all over the place, now every couple of months, whenever they feel like it. They are also very heavy & filled with clots, like 3 months all at once.. I also have greatly increased PMS just before they come. I know that I must be due when I start to hate my husband & want him to leave.

I am not taking hormone replacement, at the moment I am managing without it. I do have some good herbal tablets I can take when the hot flushes do get too much, but for the most part, I would like to get through this without HRT.

The doctors all told me I was too young, but the evidence was there in the blood tests. My mother was done & dusted by the time she was 42, her sister was still in peri-meno in her late 50's. Everyone is different, you can only go by the symptoms.

BTW, in some women, peri-meno can turn you into a raging sex maniac at times. Although at other times, you hate the very sight of a male & want to rid the planet of them all..
 

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First, you need to not just stop taking your Adderall without first discussing it with your doctor.

Second, I am also 42 and the last period I had was in April of last year. The last one before that was July 2011. I have had a biopsy on my uterus and all my gyno will say it that I am too young for menopause........lol

Make an appt with your gyno.
 

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Yep gonna have to see the gyno. I took my adderall today too now that I realize it's not that.
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Good luck with the gyno. Mine was NO help whatsoever. I went in complaining with mood issues relating to menopause and his answer was to give me antidepressants. LOL
 

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I have had 2 doctors tell me I am too young to be peri-menopausal. Even with blood tests showing my hormonal levels, even with all of the symptoms.
No other reasons given. It seems that what they were taught in medical school is what is true for every person, no exceptions. I have pretty well given up on finding a doctor that cares & wants to listen. All they seem to want is my money.
 

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Bellavista do you have Family Planning Associating in your part of Aussie? I see the Dr there for any of these types of issues, they are thorough and specialise in women's health.

In my mid 40's, peri stated last year and touch wood is not a big deal. I didn't have a period for 5 months and was bummed that it came back just after Christmas. I have only had 2 minor hot flushes.

My biggest concern is for my sex life so I stated taking a high dose women's multi and Mega Vit E as it is supposed to help keep you lubricated. So far no problems.
 

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What I like so far is no period YAY and my sex drive has been way up..my sister told me estraven works. You can buy it off the shelf at the drugstores. I got some and it seems to be helping alittle but not totally.
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Bellavista do you have Family Planning Associating in your part of Aussie? I see the Dr there for any of these types of issues, they are thorough and specialise in women's health.

In my mid 40's, peri stated last year and touch wood is not a big deal. I didn't have a period for 5 months and was bummed that it came back just after Christmas. I have only had 2 minor hot flushes.

My biggest concern is for my sex life so I stated taking a high dose women's multi and Mega Vit E as it is supposed to help keep you lubricated. So far no problems.
I am sure we would have clinics like that somewhere around here. We are just north of Brisbane, in a large regional centre, so most things are here.
 

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I am sure we would have clinics like that somewhere around here. We are just north of Brisbane, in a large regional centre, so most things are here.
Have a look at this Family Planning Queensland offers clinical, education, information and training services from metropolitan and regional locations throughout Queensland Australia.

I have been going to my local clinic for 20 odd years and always had great care.

Also being a Govt agency they take medicare cards and have a low fee option (the Melb ones do anyway not sure about QLD)
 
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