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Could delayed periods be a sign of early onset of menopause?

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Dr. Sameer Kumar

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Published At March 26, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 23, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 53 year old female. My periods have been delayed for two weeks. Till now they are normally regular. Could it be the early onset of menopause or they will eventually come?

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar


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If you have been regular with your menses these years and this is the first episode at 53 years of age when the menses have been delayed by two weeks, the causes can be a possible initiation of perimenopausal stage where menses are often delayed for a month or two and slowly tend to stop in next one to two years. Perimenopausal stage can be verified with the hormonal FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (Luteinizing hormone) levels which if high shall indicate an onset of perimenopausal stage. However, it is suggested that pregnancy should anyways be ruled out and if negative then you can wait naturally for your menses to resume. Hence, try maintaining a menstrual calendar and keep a mark for your dates, duration of flow and quantity to evaluate the possible onset of a perimenopausal state.

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Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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