How to Know If You're Pregnant or in Menopause

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To know whether you are pregnant or in menopause, consider your age, as younger women are more likely to be pregnant and older women are more likely to be going through menopause. Take a pregnancy test to confirm either pregnancy or menopause with information from a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in this free video on women's health.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Joshua Vogel, with Carolina OB/GYN, a division of Wilmington Health Associates, and I'm going to talk to you today about how to know if you are pregnant, or if you are in menopause. The first thing to consider, obviously if you have this question is you are missing your periods, is to examine your age. If you are thirty there is a better chance that you're pregnant. If you are fifty there's a better chance that you are in menopause. Fortunately, today it is extremely easy to determine what's going on in your individual situation with the ready availability of pregnancy tests, either from the store or at your doctor's offices. These, today, are extremely sensitive and highly accurate and rarely mistaken. If you're missing periods and your pregnancy test is negative, but you're young and not experiencing hot flashes it certainly might be worth asking your doctor per to perform a serum or blood pregnancy test to be absolutely sure, but this will almost never be wrong. The common urine pregnancy tests performed today at home and in doctors offices are extremely sensitive and accurate; however, they do have a certain incidence of false negatives. Beyond that, age, symptoms, are a helpful way to tell. Pregnant women typically have nausea, vomiting, breast pain. These are symptoms that are not typical of menopause. So, these are some things that one can do to determine if one is unsure whether you are pregnant or in menopause if you are missing your periods.

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