I'm 45 and my periods have changed just about every 7 years or so since I started getting them when I was 12, but I always have more CD symptoms when I have my periods. I did have polyps and fibroids so last fall I had an endometrial ablation to get rid of them and help with my periods. Of course I'm one of the ones who still gets a period after the procedure, but it is lighter and getting more so each month. As far as menopause I haven't started that yet, no flashes or anything. But, my mother, who also had CD, started menopause at 36. The doctors told her it was from the prednisone use, but who knows it was 41 years ago and they knew so little then compared to now. I was only 4 at the time and she thought she was pregnant again, but no it was the start of menopause. I've always been paranoid that I would go through it early too, even though her mother didn't go through it until she was well into her 50's. Every other part of my medical history has followed my mother so I figured this would too, but so far so good.
You should be able to have a simple blood test to see where your hormone levels are so you know if you are starting menopause. At least then you will know if you want to do any type of treatment, hormone, natural or whatever.
Grayeyedblonde - if you want to email me about the ablation, just let me know, my email is in my profile but it is one I don't check that often, so just post that you are emailing so I know to check it.
CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!
Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....