Perimenopausal at 35??

by Rebecca
(Weyers Cave, VA)

Help!! I am 35 years old and my hormones are feeling out of whack lately. I have had 2 normal pregnancies/natural births. My youngest is 3.5 years old. My period cycle length shortened a little bit after having my first son to about 23 days, but I think that is still in the "normal" range. I also began having sleep problems & insomnia after my first son (now 6 yrs old) suddenly weaned himself at 10 months. I have continued to have seasons of sleep issues off and on since then. BUT lately i have had sleep issues every night. I wake up somewhere between 2 to 4 a.m. EVERY night and can only get back to sleep if I take Tryptophan B. And I only take that if it's on the earlier side of waking up.

My period cycles have become pretty unpredictable in the last few months as well. The length of my last 5 cycles have been : 28 days, 14 days, 26 days, 30 days, 14 days.

Could I be perimenopausal already? And should I be taking progesterone cream? My friend recently was diagnosed with breast cancer and her Dr. said one of the causes of breast cancer is too much progesterone. So she suggested that I stay away from progesterone. What do you think? Any feedback would be SO helpful, as I don't really know where to go from here.

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Nov 17, 2014
Perimenopausal at 35??
by: Wray

Hi Rebecca It's difficult to say if you are entering Peri-menopause. It could be just a hiccup in your hormonal cycle from having a child. It would certainly be worth trying the progesterone, it can help sleep issues, plus possibly sort out your cycle length. If you have entered P-M it will not sort your cycle out, that will remain erratic. It could be you're short of Vitamin D, a lack of this reduces the benefits of progesterone, plus causing insomnia, see here and here. I don't know where your friend's doctor got his info from, but I have not found one paper to show it causes any cancer, in fact the reverse. See our page on Cancer and here and here. Plus these pages here and here. This is the paper on the research. Take care Wray

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