I am 53. My periods have been sporadic for the last few years,but I haven't had one in 5 months. Recently, whenever I've had sex, I have lightly spotted for a few days afterwards, and recently, my breasts have become tender. Are these more signs of menopause? Pregnancy did cross my mind, but there have been no other syptoms, such as nausea, frquent urination, etc. Panic time??
It is unlikely, but not impossible that you are pregnant. The spotting and breast tenderness can be related to dropping levels of progesterone. Lowering levels is why your periods have been sporadic and then absent for 5 months.
The spotting can also be the result of low estrogen levels causing the vaginal tissues to become thinner, drier and more vulnerable. Seeing your doctor to verify the normalcy of the spotting and to get a prescription for estrogen vaginal cream would be a good idea.
Sandy Greenquist, CNM
I was researching another sharepost for this site and also found out that vaginal dryness may cause spotting. That post will be up soon which includes some non-prescription solutions.
It is possible that you could be pregnant since you haven't completed a year without a period. I'm not a medical doctor, so I'd recommend that you visit with your own doctor if you're still having spotting and breast tenderness.
Take care and keep us posted!