I am 33. My boys are 4 and 2. Prior to pregnancies, my periods were very, very irregular with minimal PMS symptoms (actually, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome when ttc ds1....though, it must have been "mild" cuz it seems to be "gone" now).
My first post pregnancy period was was about 1/2009 (even with exclusive breast feeding) and DS2 weaned about 5 months ago. My periods now are, for me, very regular at about every 35 days with only about days 1 and 2 as having a "normal-heavy" flow, then minimal for 3-5 more days. Now, too, I am having quite a bit of PMS - alot of emotional / mood stuff, pretty severe intestinal cramping, headaches (which I NEVER had before), significantly decreased libido
, and newly, vaginal dryness/itch that starts about 1 wk before my period (then goes away after period).
Anything that I've read, the dryness / itch is likely either an infection (I initially figured it was yeast, but the nystatin cream I had on had didn't really make any difference) or perimenopause.
I will be consulting my doctor about this, but wanted to get input from all of you ladies too!
So, is there really any way / test to determine if all of these combined symptoms are perimenopause? And, if not, does anyone have any advice / thoughts?