Hello, I am Dr Owen, I am a Board Certified Ob/Gyn Medical Doctor and I want to help you.
Well menopause usually in occurs in 95 percent of women between 49 and 53 years of age.
and missing a period is an indication you are possibly heading in that direction.
the ONLY definition of menopause is No periods for 12 months in a row.
You can ask your doctor for a blood test called FSH - and if this is elevated, this is an indication that you are heading towards menopuase.
What is the FSH measuring?
FSH is follicle stimulating hormone - this gets elevated when in menopause.
What is considered an elevated amount?
but we really do not use this test routinely - because the ONLY definition is by no periods for 12 months, menopause is not defined by a blood test
Is this a commonly used test?
we do this test for many reasons....
but it is only that your doctor can do for Curiosity - it is Not something that is covered by insurance for this
so you would probably have to pay for this test if you want it - as it is not a needed or required test
On my report of an ultrasound there was a "10 mm non-specific endometrial stripe." Is this especially thick?
ONLY concerning if you have irregular bleeding
which it sounds like you do not
I have not had any bleeding since June
then you really did not need an ultrasound
I take them regularly because there was a cyst on one of my ovaries
anyway - I wish you well
Is there anything I should be looking for?
No, this is all very normal
Is there any way to know if my period has stopped? They had previous been regular.
You are between the age of 49 and 53 - you are starting to go through menopause and a period that does not happen - this is Nothing to worry about - because cancer is Never associated with a period that does not occur
so, honestly there is nothing to worry about - you are going through that phase of life now - every women dose
Is the endometrial lining something I should see the doctor about?
No, because you are Not bleeding IRREGULARLY
ONLY IF you have irregular bleeding is this remotely concerning.
try Not to worry about this all
this is all very normal
I wish you well
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