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Pregnancy or Early Menopause??

Hi.  I am 40 years old and a Mom of 2 awesome teens.  My husband had a hysterectomy when our youngest (14 1/2) was 2 (1998).  From the time I started my period through my 20's, my periods were 28 days apart, without fail unless I was pregnant.  In my 30's, my cycles were 30 days apart - without fail.  I have never missed a period unless pregnant.  I'm like clock work.
Last month, my period showed up at day 33, lasted 5 days and for the next 10 days or so, I had spotting every day.  This was totally new to me.  This month, from the day of the start of my last period, it has been 35 days - no period - absolutely no signs of a period (which I always have days before).  I took a pregnancy test at day 33 and it was negative.
I have no idea what to think.  I have no other signs of pregnancy - besides being tired but I'm not sure I could attribute that to anything but raising teens and trying to keep up with them!  I also have no signs of menopause other than no period either.
I am concerned as I am 40.  I'm not sure what to do.  Is it even possible that I would be pregnant?  Do hysterectomy's fail this many years later?  Or could I be entering menopause - oh - 10 years early??  Has anyone else experienced anything like this and have been either pregnant or entering menopause?
Thanks for anything you can tell me.
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I'm not a doctor so all of this is just what I know from the women in my family and some of my friends.  A hystorectomy would make it impossible for you to be pregnant because they take your uterus and your ovaries out.  Even a partial hystorectomy would make it impossible because even though they leave your ovaries, your uterus is still gone.  If you meant that you had a tubal ligation, then you could still end up pregnant, but the chances are slim.  Once you get into your 40's you can start experiencing some irregularity as you may go into perimenopause up to 10 years before actually menopause sets in.
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Are you talking about your husband having a vasectomy?  Or you having a hysterectomy?  I agree, if you had a hysterectomy, there is no chance of pregnancy.  If your husband had a vasectomy, the chances of the tubes reconnecting are less than 1% but not impossible.  
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I too am curious.  Men don't have hysterectomies, so I shall assume you mean vasectomy?  If so, then yes, it can happen.  Not common, but it does happen.  The thing is, if you took a pregnancy test at day 33 and it was negative, it's probably unlikely.  There are so many reasons we can have trouble with our cycles...everything from stress to another medical condition.  It does not necessarily mean menopause, although in a few women it can come early.  I would suggest a visit to your Dr.  Good luck.
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