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  • 03-01-2023 9:31pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭


    Hi everyone,

    This is going to sound so so stupid but I really need some advice please.

    I haven't had a period in the past 7/8 months, had my bloods done and my GP said to me that my hormone bloods are abit high relatively meaning I'm probably in perimenopause much to my devastation. Obviously myself and my OH are still sexually active. Last Wednesday I had brown spotting that lasted maybe 3/4 days max and this morning I woke up and felt like I wanted to get sick everywhere. I spoke with a work colleague whom I would be close with and she said to do a a test, which I laughed at her but after much of her in my ear, I went to the chemist and bought a FRER, after about 5 mins of doing it, there was the most faintest line on it, you would have to turn it sideways to see it, as far as I remember it definitely wasn't a pink colour but definitely one there when squinted at it. I bought a Clear blue digital and this came up as Not Pregnant.

    Can anyone please telling me what is actually going on. I phoned my doctors and she has asked me to come in for blood work next week but that pregnancy was probably highly unlikely.

    .



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,500 ✭✭✭✭fits


    A line is a line.

    how old are you? Just asking as fairly familiar with similar issues.



  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭Elaine22


    I know, I'm just wondering could it of being a possible evap/indent line.

    I'm only 38 so that's why it makes it so harder to believe the doctors that I'm perimenopause but suppose without a period it makes you think if it is really happening.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,500 ✭✭✭✭fits


    hopefully it’s the real thing but if not I’d recommend going to see a specialist. GPS can’t be well informed on everything. Good luck.



  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭Elaine22


    Thank you, I'm secretly hoping it is the real thing but I'm honestly afraid to build my hopes up.



  • Registered Users Posts: 627 ✭✭✭Minier81


    Please don't get your hopes up. Perimenopausal woman can have detectable levels of hcg in their blood and urine. This can give a flase positive pregnancy test with a very sensitive test ( like the early /first response clearblue tests). Having said that the spotting and nausea do really sound like early pregnancy symtpons. I wish you well, please let us know. I would continue to do home tests, if thr line is becoming more prominent that would be a very good sign. Also a good idea to use the first wee of the morning to test, this is when the hcg is strongest in your urine.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,500 ✭✭✭✭fits


    There is a clinic for early menopause at one of the maternity hospitals. Not having a period for 8 months at 38 is outside normal variation and definitely needs to be checked out.



  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭Elaine22


    The spotting really surprised me, it was never enough to wear a pad, I wore a panty liner obviously to protect myself but was never overly soiled. My work colleague also noticed the line but when we held it up to light we couldn't see anything.



  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭Elaine22


    I have being told that I could see someone about it, but to be honest if I am at that stage, my opinion is what is the point. It can't be reversed. I suppose I'm still very much in denial if it is that. It was like my blood work was fine maybe a year ago and I get a repeat and I'm told this news. I've never had regular periods and did have an STI a few years ago but was treated



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,500 ✭✭✭✭fits


    There are always things that can be done.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭Elaine22


    Thank you so much. I had a glance over the document. It really does make sense. A few years ago myself and my husband went for very minor fertility treatment TSI, and I was told my AMH was quite low, I think they said something along the lines off 0.5 or 2.5, can't overly remember. I really need to make an appointment with my doctor and go through everything with them as it is so confusing. When I was told about the early menopause I just went into denial, and stayed away from them as I was thinking what the hell are they talking about, I'm only 37 ( was at the time when I was told )



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,500 ✭✭✭✭fits


    I hear you. It’s hard to accept. Just be wary of Family GPs. I like my own GP practice but they interpreted some blood results incorrectly.


    and it’s not always the end of pregnancy hopes. i know of quite a few besides me who conceived naturally. Don’t want to go into ins and outs of my own experience but happy to by pm.



  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭Elaine22


    Yes please as I always feel "its just me that is going through this"



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,906 Mod ✭✭✭✭shesty


    I would certainly visit your GP and give serious consideration going to the clinic suggested above.

    There's a lot of misinformation on menopause out there, and even GPs are finding their way on it a bit, so it might be no harm to speak to people who are more expert on the topic.



  • Registered Users Posts: 19 xeniane


    agree with shesty, visiting your GP helps you understand the issue cos there are too many reasons, unfortunately some are serious ones, of spotting, here is the detailed list with tests you might consider: https://iyoni.app/the-whole-truth-about-prolactin/



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