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Offline PittGurl

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menopause?
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:21:00 pm »
ok ladies - anyone here go thru menopause yet? Im 45 and now 34 days late with my period. Tubes tied 2 years ago, and 2 preg tests just in case...both negative. 

Is menopause any different with HIV?
Infected between 5/16/15 - 7/19/15
8-2-15    CD4=286; VL=43800; 15% WB Positive Test Confirmed (waiting for genotype to start Triumeq)
9-4-15    Started Triumeq thanks to the people on this board encouraging me :)
9-21-15    CD4=570; VL 26; 30% 16 days on Triumeq…. HOLY COW it's working!
10-27-15   CD4=522; VL=UNDETECTABLE!!!; 29%    7 wks, 4 days on Triumeq
1-28-16    CD4=479; VL=UD; 31% almost 5 months on Triumeq
4-27-16    CD4=580; VL=UD; 32% almost 8 months on Triumeq
7-28-16    CD4=991; VL=UD; 38% almost 1 year on Triumeq
8-3-16    ONE YEAR DX
10-27-16    CD4=765; VL=UD; 39%
3-8-17   CD4=709; VL=27; 39%
7-13-17   CD4=942; VL=UD; 41%
10/12/17   CD4=626; VL=UD; 39%
1/21/18    CD4=650; VL=UD; 40%

Offline Bobsy

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Re: menopause?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 06:36:53 am »
Hi Pittgurl

I’d already started menopause when diagnosed HIV pos. Although it is thought HIV pos women might start perimenopause earlier, you are actually in the normal age range for this. Sporadic periods tend to be the first sign – a later on, then 2 close together for example, and sometimes they can get heavier! This can go on for a few years.

Everyone’s experience is different. If you have bad symptoms, HRT shouldn’t be discounted. The patch is I believe better than the pill – depending on what meds you are taking – ie reduce any potential interactions, as it bypasses the liver

There are few studies on this, and not really conclusive, but these might help:

http://www.aidsmap.com/Menopause-and-HIV/page/3117291/

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2053369117748794

There are also on-going studies on this that might eventually give more info.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iph/research/sexualhealthandhiv/prime-study

Offline PittGurl

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Re: menopause?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 10:44:43 pm »
Hey Bobsy - thank you!!!  Well after an 87 day cycle started brown blood today. I should tell though that my dad passed away from ALS Dec 18th and it was very hard on me. He was everything to me and maybe the stress caught up with me. :(   My mom did menopause with no help ....

Thank you for the links! 
Infected between 5/16/15 - 7/19/15
8-2-15    CD4=286; VL=43800; 15% WB Positive Test Confirmed (waiting for genotype to start Triumeq)
9-4-15    Started Triumeq thanks to the people on this board encouraging me :)
9-21-15    CD4=570; VL 26; 30% 16 days on Triumeq…. HOLY COW it's working!
10-27-15   CD4=522; VL=UNDETECTABLE!!!; 29%    7 wks, 4 days on Triumeq
1-28-16    CD4=479; VL=UD; 31% almost 5 months on Triumeq
4-27-16    CD4=580; VL=UD; 32% almost 8 months on Triumeq
7-28-16    CD4=991; VL=UD; 38% almost 1 year on Triumeq
8-3-16    ONE YEAR DX
10-27-16    CD4=765; VL=UD; 39%
3-8-17   CD4=709; VL=27; 39%
7-13-17   CD4=942; VL=UD; 41%
10/12/17   CD4=626; VL=UD; 39%
1/21/18    CD4=650; VL=UD; 40%

Offline Bobsy

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Re: menopause?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 07:28:45 am »
So sorry to hear about your dad Pittgurl. It’s really tough when you lose someone you love and takes a bit of time to get over and come to terms with it – I found that when my mum passed  :'( And the knock on effect can certainly affect your periods, so it might be that. It can also be down to diet so eating healthily helps.

My mum told me nothing about menopause and when she went through it. I only remember a time when she got a bit ratty, and she wasn’t normally a ratty person, so who knows!

 


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