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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
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 11/23/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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