If you have had unusual menstrual or vaginal bleeding or other
symptoms that may be caused by
postmenopause, your health professional will do a
pelvic exam to make sure your symptoms aren't related to an abnormal
speculum exam is useful for noting changes in the
vaginal walls, such as dryness or thinning related to low
bimanual pelvic exam is used to check the size and
position of the vagina, uterus, and ovaries. Any abnormalities can be further
If your exam results are normal, your are unlikely to need further
testing, particularly if your age and menstrual history strongly suggest that
you are perimenopausal.
It’s a question many women wonder about, especially if you’re thinking about planning a family and your 20s are but a distant memory.
How many more years of fertility might you have, and how much longer will it be before you start experiencing “the change?”
Here's what does -- and does not influence the age at when a woman reaches menopause.