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late onset of menopause

Women's Health | Last Active: Oct 9, 2020 | Replies (12)

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Hi, @cwms – I wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you've been very diligent with tracking your own menstrual data for a number of years, as well as observant about your own body.

I actually just mentioned to my doctor about a week ago that I think I'm beginning to have what I think may be hot flashes at times, wondering if this may mean anything. I'm not sure they are hot flashes and would have a harder time recognizing if I ever were moving toward menopause, as I had prolapse surgery that included a hysterectomy almost 8 years ago.

Mayo Clinic would say that 51 is an average for start of menopause in this general article on the topic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/symptoms-causes/syc-20353397. I am not a medical professional, but I think the word average is important here, meaning some women will experience menopause before or after that age.

I appreciate the experiences and resources that @baxtersmom has shared here, particularly some pros of later onset menopause pointed out in the article she is referencing.

Another Mayo Clinic article talking about misconceptions about menopause may also be useful https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/womens-wellness-menopause-misconceptions/. You'll note I did not find any Mayo Clinic articles focusing on late menopause in particular.

This is not a Mayo Clinic resource, but it references Mayo Clinic's numbers https://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/menopause-age. These two sentences got my attention related to your query, cwms:

"The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, according to the Mayo Clinic. But menopause can happen to women throughout their 40s and 50s, too."

I'd also like to invite into this conversation @merpreb @fotula @lioness @sierrawoods @jigglejaws94 @kathyhg, all of whom have mentioned menopause in other Connect discussions, for their input on your being 59 without any distinct menopause symptoms.

What types of specialists have you seen thus far for a consult, cwms?

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As far as specialists, I've gone to 4 different gynocologist, and next week a 5th. I've had multiple uterine biopsies and even a D&C. Thankfully, all pathology reports are negative, but they say do say "exogenous estrogen effect" yet at that time I wasn't taking any hormones. I guess they looked at my age and thought I had to be in menopause so whatever estrogen effect they saw had to be exogenous as opposed to endogenous. Another part of the puzzle!

Is there another type of specialist that I should see?