42 and Period Is Late

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 42, I haven't had my period since Jan 22, 2009. I have taken 5 home test (4 negative 1 positive) and went to my DR. and had blood test done, turn out negative too.

I had half a day of light bleeding, no cramps. My periods are always normal, cramps and all. I feel nausea, heart palpitations, fatigue, and very light fluids (sweet milky) come out of my breast. I just don't know what to do. My period still isn't here and I feel pregnant. However could it be because I am scared I am??

I don't know, please someone help me.

ANSWER

If you are not pregnant, there are other conditions (including peri-menopause) that could be causing your symptoms. It is important that you find out what is happening, so I would suggest a check-up.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.