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Stress, Menstrual Cycles, B Vitamins

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I'm 51 and recently missed 5 menstrual cycles in a row. Thought, yes, this is it, going through the change. But then again I was a bit uncertain that cycles had stopped. I was keeping track on the calendar and my classic symptoms, aside from periods were still happening. After a recent injury, I was a bit stressed, started losing some hair, wasn't sleeping as well. I felt like I needed to, so I upped the carbs (not as in sugar, but a little gluten free bread, more fruit, etc.) and started taking a stress B complex. During that time I gained about 5-7 pounds. I got back on the mend pretty quickly. After I started feeling better, I reined in on the diet again, upped the exercise, but wasn't losing the weight. Was getting a bit frustrated. I weigh about 198 now, but that's down from about 230 from where I started. Well, all at once I lost it in about a weeks time. Thought oh, oh, signal here. Sure as anything, got my classic PMS migraine and then my period. And it was right to the day it should have been per calendar. I plead ignorance here. Does cessation of menses necessarily mean that the cycle has stopped? Could it be that something in the B complex was missing from my diet before and that's why my periods quit?

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Thanks. I recently had TSH which was okay. I know the panel is better, but I need to hold off for a bit from the $ standpoint. I'd love a smooth transition but yes, I'm sure I'm in for surprises. My only sister is a bit younger but had a hysterectomy. Mom was 50. Not much else to compare.

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Mom was around 50 and after lots of heavy periods they did just entirely stop. Yes, I guess I realize these things can be quirky. Maybe just coincidence then. I've been trying to regulate my hormone issues nutritionally, because of the migraines. Sometimes I feel like I stumble onto things, but yes, I do expect it to be pretty unpredictable at this point.

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on July 23, 2012
at 03:46 PM

CJ, it can come and go for a while. It doesn't usually just "stop". You can go for almost a whole year and then have a period, or just spotting 2 or 3 times in a month after you've gone a long time. Sometimes you can hemorrhage for weeks and then go months without. I sort of think of it as a car sputtering as it is running out of gas. ;)

Menopause is defined as cessation of menses for one year. If you're 51, you're probably at least at the tail end of perimenopause. It often happens at the age it happened to your mom. Is there any way you can ask her what her history was?

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on July 23, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Mom was around 50 and after lots of heavy periods they did just entirely stop. Yes, I guess I realize these things can be quirky. Maybe just coincidence then. I've been trying to regulate my hormone issues nutritionally, because of the migraines. Sometimes I feel like I stumble onto things, but yes, I do expect it to be pretty unpredictable at this point.

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on July 23, 2012
at 08:43 PM

It could have just been the stress affecting your menses.

I am 49 1/2 & still have regular 28-29 day cycles, but went on a 40 hour fast & had a 23 day cycle.

Getting D3 sufficient, adequate sleep, micronutrients dialed in can all help hormonal balance.

Here's a blog post I wrote that may be helpful: http://www.sondrarose.com/nutrition-for-a-juicy-menopause

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on July 23, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Have you had a thyroid panel done? Some of the signs and symptoms you metioned made me think "hypothyroid" which will also mess up your cycle. However, you are right in the age range for peri-menopausal period quirkiness though so this may be the beginning of the end of sorts for you. Though not spot on or overly reliable some women can follow the same general age of onset as their family members when it comes to menopause. When did your mom, aunts, older sisters etc go through menopause?

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on July 23, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Thanks. I recently had TSH which was okay. I know the panel is better, but I need to hold off for a bit from the $ standpoint. I'd love a smooth transition but yes, I'm sure I'm in for surprises. My only sister is a bit younger but had a hysterectomy. Mom was 50. Not much else to compare.

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