Menopause and Contraception
Q: I am a 51 year old woman who has not had a period in over a year.
I am not on HRT. I had an FSH test in the spring and the result was 90.
I assume that all means that I'm in menopause. I am embarrassed to ask
this, but I do not want to get pregnant. Is it necessary for my husband and
I to use birth control to be sure that I don't get pregnant? If not now,
will there be a time when it is not necessary? I sincerely hope you answer this
question for me.
Dr. Donnica: Once you haven't had a period for a year, you are clinically
considered officially "in menopause." When we have an FSH test
over 40 as a back-up, we can say this with confidence. So congratulations!
You've "graduated" from the need to use contraception!
For more information about menopause, click here.
Enjoy your new-found freedom,
Donnica L. Moore, MD
Created: 11/23/2002  - Donnica Moore, M.D.