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By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 13, 2014

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Dr Verna McKenzieDr Marina Johnson, Red Hot Mamas Advisor

Our experts Dr. Mache Seibel, Karen Giblin, Dr. Michael Goodman, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Dr. Verna Brooks McKenzie and Dr. Marina Johnson field questions from our members. Submit your question.

Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,

I am 46 and have not yet finished menstruating. I have been getting what I believe to be are hot flashes, waking up all hours of the night, and have had some issues with my memory. My doctor says it’s too early, but I’m wondering, could this be perimenopause?

Thank you,


Dear J,

Based on the symptoms you’ve described you could potentially be in the early stages of perimenopause. Typically, feeling hot and waking up during the night are signs of hormonal fluctuations or imbalance. So, this could be perimenopause or it could be some other issue. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you should consider getting a second opinion from an endocrinologist or physician who specializes in hormone disorders. This will help you rule out any other, more serious, medical conditions.

Good Health to You!

Red Hot Mamas Experts