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I’m 27 and have all the symptoms of menopause. I have pain during sex and can go months without a period. I’ve seen multiple doctors and they all tell me I can’t be menopausal due to my age. Why could this be happening if it’s not menopause?

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I’m 27 and have all the symptoms of menopause, but I’ve seen multiple doctors and they all tell me I can be menopausal due to my age. I’ve always had irregular periods and a lot of pain, before and during my periods. Even with sex I have pain a lot of the times. I’ve never gotten pregnant and can sometimes go months without a period. Why could this be happening if it’s not menopause?

Not getting your period or having irregular periods can be stressful as you are not sure if it’s normal or not normal. Skipping a period or two here and there can be totally normal and can happen for a number of reasons. Stress, change in time zones, increased exercise, new medication can all impact this. At about 3-4 months of missed periods is where I would want to investigate further to see if there are other reasons why you may not be getting your period, like PCOS, issues with your thyroid, premature menopause, excessive weight loss etc. While hot flashes and night sweats are typical in perimenopause, they can also occur with any kind of hormonal change. I would push your primary care provider to investigate this further.

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