When do you know you aren't fertile anymore (menopause question)

soozNovember 11, 2003

My girlfriends and I were discussing this subject, as we are all "of an age."

How DO you know that you are "done" being fertile?

I've always heard that if you go a year without a period, you get your menopause *badge* and you don't have to worry about birth control or getting preg anymore.

If this is true, one gal said her DH was gonna be doing the *happy happy joy joy* dance in May 2004, as he'll be able to throw away all those c0nd0ms! (time for a PARTY!)

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lazy_gardens

"I've always heard that if you go a year without a period, you get your menopause *badge* and you don't have to worry about birth control or getting preg anymore."

Not so ... there are a lot of "surprise" babies born to women who haven't had a period in a year.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2003 at 8:01AM
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PeaBee4

You ask your doctor. He can pretty much tell by the "feel" of the ovaries if they have atropied or not. Women in their fifties have babies. They may be producing fertile eggs even though they are not building up enough uterine lining to have a period. It's a complex happening.

I remember one dear soul in our choir. One Sunday morning while she was getting ready to go into the church, she found out that even waaaayyyy after a year, you can have a period. Lucky for her, one of the other women had spares.

Good Luck and No suprises!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2003 at 4:14PM
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davissue_zone9

Your doctor can do a blood test that measures hormone levels, if a certain one is below a certain level, you are in menopause. You can also take the pill for several days, then stop, if no period results, you are in menopause. At least that's what my GYN told me. I went for the bloodwork, and it confirmed menopause for me.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2003 at 9:32PM
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deemarie5500

I haven't had a period for well over a year (more like 2 years). DH and I still use contraception; however, my new OB/GYN told me (after he examined me) that I did not need them.

I still use them and will continue for another year or so!! LOL Do NOT need my first child at age 52!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2004 at 3:26PM
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