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Are perimenopause symptoms similar to pregnancy symptoms?

Are perimenopause symptoms similar to pregnancy symptoms?

Not usually: Perimenopause symptoms include periods get closer together by 1-2 days and then space apart, vaginal dryness, hot flashes and night sweats.
Pregnancy symptoms include nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and of course a missed period.
Some women do not have periods for 2-3 months when they are close to menopause. If you miss a period and you are usually regular, take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Do you know of similarities between the symptoms of early pregnancy & perimenopause?

Do you know of similarities between the symptoms of early pregnancy & perimenopause?

No: Early pregnancy a sense of breast fullness, often slight nausea, increased fatigue. None of these at perimenopause. ...Read more

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Started perimenopause symptoms at 43 I'm 46 3 negative pregnancy tests, missed three cycles. Menopause?

Started perimenopause symptoms at 43 I'm 46 3 negative pregnancy tests, missed three cycles. Menopause?

Possible but unsure: It is only after you have gone through at least 12 consecutive months of "missed ovulatory menstrual cycles" that you may be considered "menopausal". Until then, or unless your blood hormonal levels of FSH, LH are elevated in the menopausal range and your estrogens are very low, you may be considered to still be "perimenopausal" or simply entering the menopausal transition period of your life. ...Read more

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No period this month pregnancy test neg vagina is dry and sore u/s last month revealed not in perimenopause as egg follicles on ovaries abnormal bleed?

No period this month pregnancy test neg vagina is dry and sore u/s last month revealed not in perimenopause as egg follicles on ovaries abnormal bleed?

Missed period: There are many causes of missed period, but if your pregnancy test is negative, then its not from pregnancy! There may be another cause of not feeling well that is also affecting your periods. ...Read more

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Late period 3 days. Negative pregnancy test. But had sore nipples, nausea. Last cycle was only 19 days long. Is this perimenopause?

Late period 3 days. Negative pregnancy test. But had sore nipples, nausea. Last cycle was only 19 days long. Is this perimenopause?

Could be: You should re do the test in 4-5 days. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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42 yo woman. Missed my period for 2 months, breast a lil sore, nausea, sex drive very very high. Pregnancy or Perimenopause? No pregnancy test done.

42 yo woman. Missed my period for 2 months, breast a lil sore, nausea, sex drive very very high. Pregnancy or Perimenopause? No pregnancy test done.

Best to do the early: Pregnancy test you've been putting off. Along with increased risk of having a fetus or child Down Syndrome, other Trisomies & Autism with advanced maternal age, Metoprolol is a Class C drug in pregnancy. That means adverse effects on a fetus can't be ruled out. The fetal brain & other organs form during the 3rd-8th week after conception. You need to see your OB/GYN whether the EPT is + or -. ...Read more

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How to tell the symptoms of perimenopause?

Same as menopause: Perimenopause is the period of time when most women start to experience irregular periods and other symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats. Menopause is not diagnosed until it has been one year without any periods. Everyone is different and some, all or even none of these symptoms may be present. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: perimenopause?

It's a several: Year period of time when estrogen secretion begins to decline, periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other changes. Talk it over w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of perimenopause and at what age it starts?

What are the symptoms of perimenopause and at what age it starts?

Late 40's: This occurs in the years before menopause. Late 40's is the most common. Missed periods and hot flashes are the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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Could my anxiety be due to perimenopause?

Yes: The fluctuations (ups and downs) of estrogen levels during perimenopause are associated with both anxiety and depression. Just as women can notice symptoms premenstrually, perimenopausal estrogen changes make women more vulnerable to mood changes. ...Read more

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What are perimenopause symptoms and treatments?

What are perimenopause symptoms and treatments?

Varied: Some women are lucky enough to go thru peri-menopause w/o a hitch. Others complain of hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menses, moodiness, cognitive changes, decrease in libido, vaginal dryness and/or loss of lubrication, change in weight, change in skin, & more. Loss of bone density is well documented. ...Read more

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Are hormone levels the only tests for perimenopause?

Are hormone levels the only tests for perimenopause?

NO Not Accurate: Hormone testing if abnormal is indicative of perimenopause, but normal levels may not be accurate. I've tested people, who are close to menopause and had results consistent with a 20 year old one month followed by those of 55 year old the next month. Hormone testing is very inaccurate. Symptoms are the most important factor with shortened and irregular cycles (<26 days). ...Read more

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Is chronic diarrhea common in perimenopause?

Something else: Chronic diarrhea is not usually a menopausal symptom. Your diarrhea could be pointing to something else such as food intolerance such as gluten or dairy. I recommend visiting your doctor to be further evaluated. ...Read more

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Can women become pregnant during perimenopause?

Can women become pregnant during perimenopause?

Yes: Many women feel they can't get pregnant, but while it is not common, some women do get pregnant in the perimenopause. ...Read more

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Where can I find perimenopause natural remedies?

Where can I find perimenopause natural remedies?

Health food store: Natural over the counter supplements are best found at your local health food store. These do not require a prescription. Bio identical hormones made at compounding pharmacies must be written for by a physician. You will need to look around your area for someone who does this. ...Read more

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Why is there irregular bleeding in perimenopause?

Why is there irregular bleeding in perimenopause?

Hormonal changes: Around menopause, some of the hormones in a woman's body which normally vary in a very predictable way start to change. The fluctuations are not as normal, and sometimes may not even occur. Ovaries produce less estrogen and the brain senses certain changes and tries to compensate. This in turn can affect bleeding patterns. Bleeding can be closer together, farther apart, heavier or even lighter. ...Read more

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Can a woman become pregnant during perimenopause?

Can a woman become pregnant during perimenopause?

Yes: Until a woman has had no menstrual periods for a full year, it is possible that she could unexpectedly ovulate and become pregnant. That said, fertility is certainly decreased at perimenopause. If a woman desires childbearing, she will likely need the intervention of a fertility specialist to be successful. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more