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A 41-year-old member asked:

treatment options for perimenopause? thanks!

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Several: Rx options are based primarily on the patient's symptoms such as "hot flashes", vaginal dryness, inability to concentrate, insomnia, etc. Hormone replacement therapy, clonidine, an anti-depressants all have a place in treatment. Some women do not require any forms of treatment if they are asymptomatic.
Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology 35 years experience
Many options: Birth control hormone methods, low dose hormone replacement therapy, over the counter Progesterone creams, and various herbal products can help with the symptoms. Best to discuss the options with your physician to see what would work best for you.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

what is perimenopause?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Perimenopause: That period of time between normal female menstrual cycles and menopause. During this period of time hormone balance may change causing numerous symptom in women. This can be from early 30s to early 50s.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

At what age does perimenopause start?

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Dr. Diana Bitner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Everyone different: Average age 45+/-, signaled by irregular periods. Early perimenopause cycles different by 7 days or more, late perimenopause(pm) starts with no period more than 60 days. Starts and stops. Most symptoms(sx) in late pm, but symptoms like night sweats and hot flashes and sleep disturbance in days before eriod can start when periods still regular.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does perimenopause usually last?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Unpredictable: Some women will have symptoms for only a few months and others will have them for 20-40 years.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there a test to show if I am in perimenopause?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
No: The tests for menopause are very unreliable for perimenopause, perimenopause is better defined by the symptoms, which can last for months or years before periods stop completely. Sometimes, perimenopausal symptoms will come and go for a number of years before their final time.Especially, with this type of course, tests will be unreliable.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there good natural treatments for perimenopause?

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Dr. Kimberly Haycraft-Williams
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: There definitely are some good natural treatments for perimenopausal symptoms. One of the most popular is a topical or oral natural Progesterone but there are other treatments available depending on the results of your hormone panel. If you are looking for natural solutions you want to schedule an appointment with a doctor who specializes in functional medicine as this is their specialty.

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