Greetings! I will be 50 in a few weeks and started perimenopause at 45-ish, maybe earlier. I have not had a period in probably 3 years, and that was only 6 hours, if my memory serves (and anyone in menopause knows you also suffer from CRS - can’t remember shit). My mother passed when I was 14, my maternal grandmother passed when I was 28, so I’ve relied on my aunt (menopause in her 60s) and cousin who is 2 yrs older (not yet). My gyn attributes my early menopause to a combination of the diabetes and being a smoker.
You’ll find that your cycle will become erratic - skip a month, have a couple in a row that are ‘normal’, a few that are lighter or heavier, have multiple menses in a month, etc, for a few years. It’s totally normal. When it comes to menses, there is no ‘normal’.
I’ll offer some unsolicited advice here: maintain a log of your cycle and your glucose levels. I found that as I stopped menstruation, my body still acted as if I was. My glucose runs high for several days as the hormones that controlled my cycle continue to switch over - forgive me if I confuse them, but as estrogen drops and progesterone rises, which is what triggers your uterus to shed the lining when the egg isn’t fertilized, I become insulin resistant and need to change my basal, sometimes as high as a 20% increase, and up my boluses as well.
Also, and I’ve had this conversation with non-diabetics and several nurse friends as well, the hot flashes and night sweats increase at the same time.
Yeah, you’ll still have your ‘period’, just without the mess. Hold onto your feminine products, you’ll need them for a couple more years -