Growth of a girl into womanhood starts with her menstruation. With menstruation she has entered the childbearing age. After experiencing menstruation every month for many years, a time comes when an irregularity is noticed in its timing. On occasions, she may miss her periods. At a young age this can be due to pregnancy but in the 40s apart from pregnancy one must consider other reasons. Missed periods in the late 40s can be a sign of perimenopause or menopause. In the period leading to menopause, a lady may experience:
Hence, when a woman in her mid-40s experiences a missed period, it is quite tough to identify if she is pregnant or missed a period due to menopause. One must understand the difference in symptoms in both so that one can detect the reason for the missed periods. Let us look at a few symptoms that are common in both pregnancy and menopause:
Specific symptoms seen during pregnancy are:
Symptoms specific to menopause are:
To distinguish between pregnancy and menopausal cessation of menstruation one should perform urine pregnancy test.
It is better to fix an appointment with the doctor so that one can be counselled irrespective of the result. This shall include:
Dr. Rekha Khandelwal