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Perimenopause at 31

Q: I am a 31-year-old whose mother began menopause at the age of 32. I do not have any medical coverage and seek all of my GYN care from Planned Parenthood. I had my period two weeks ago and am having it again. My mood swings are so crazy I thought I was going insane. I am confused as to what is going on with my body and how it will affect my future health and mental status! How do I find a physician that works with young menopausal women? Where do I start on my health care?

Confused! Lucinda

Dr. Donnica:
The good news is that Planned Parenthood CAN help you!  It sounds like you are in perimenopause.  One excellent treatment for your menstrual irregularities and your mood swings is low dose birth control pills, assuming that you have no contraindications.  I recommend that you make an appointment to speak with a Planned Parenthood physician about this.  Click here for more information about perimenopause and menopause.  Click here for more information about premature ovarian failure.

Best regards,
Donnica Moore MD
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 10/13/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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