Ladies, I could really use some encouragement. I went to a gyn because I had a period that dragged off and on for 3 weeks. Doctor's first impression is estrogen dominance since I am 50. Exam was fine. I had an ultrasound which should a thickened endometrium (by just a bit) and a 2 cm cyst on my ovary. He told me he wouldn't worry if I'm not menopausal… but if my FSH comes back indicating menopause, we'll have to investigate further. Especially with that cyst. I got the blood test back today. "Menopausal" is any range above 28, mine was 38. So now I'm trying to keep from freaking out. Especially since I've still been having cycles, albeit irregular. My understanding the menopause is ONE YEAR of no periods. So what's up? And of course, I have been researching online. There are plenty of MDs who say one cannot use the FSH as diagnostic of menopause. Others say over 50 is menopause. I'm speaking to myself telling me this is all simply a hormone imbalance as I transition into this new season in life. In the meanwhile, I am hoping this hormone crap might be behind the depressive feelings I've been having. Nothing really horrible…just feeling down and easily frustrated. I've been working on my deep breathing and visualization stuff but it ain't easy. I am also aware of the TMS factor. My pain issues have been settling down and I've been exercising every day…a blessed relief. And now this. And believe me, I'm mindful of the fear, TMS fuel, that is stirred up. I have an appointment Monday afternoon. And I will say this…this women's clinic is fabulous and the doctor is a very caring man. So I feel like I'm in great hands. But this still all sucks!