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Doctor insights on: Losing Weight In Perimenopause

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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Is weight gain normal during perimenopause and wil this weight come off?

Is weight gain normal during perimenopause and wil this weight come off?

Sometimes, yes: Weight gain is a factor of declining estrogen ovarian production, decreased thyroid hormone production and metabolism, and estrogen conversion of androstendione to estrone from peripheral fat storage. Caloric restriction, and exercise is tantamount to reducing weight gain during this transition to menopause. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,982 doctors shared insights

Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien Dr. Garcia-septien
Family Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Which herbal supplements are considered the best to aid in weight loss during perimenopause?

Which herbal supplements are considered the best to aid in weight loss during perimenopause?

NONE!: They work to make money, but not to lose weight. You need to learn how to eat and exercise in a way that you can live with for the rest of your life. Don't put anything in your body that you don't know what it is, what it's going to do, or what harm it could cause. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Timothy Beck Dr. Beck
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Constantly tired, no energy or sex drive, unexplained weight gain, facial acne, could these be symptoms of perimenopause?

Constantly tired, no energy or sex drive, unexplained weight gain, facial acne, could these be symptoms of perimenopause?

Possibly: There are many things that this could represent. A complete workup by your primary MD would be the first best step. ...Read more

Dr. Diana Bitner Dr. Bitner
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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At what age does perimenopause start?

At what age does perimenopause start?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fox Dr. Fox
Fertility Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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What is a perimenopause length usually?

Varies widely: Average would be about 8 years. Some patients however, never have the first symptom of menopause during the entire transition. So it may be hard to really pinpoint the onset of this timeframe. Subtly things like mood changes, headaches, pre-cycle bloating, night sweats, hot flashes, may all be indicative of this change. Cycle shortening to 26 days or shorter is also very characteristic. ...Read more

Dr. Katherine Sutherland Dr. Sutherland
Gynecology
39 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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When does perimenopause generally begin?

When does perimenopause generally begin?

Late 40s/ early 50s: The average age of menopause, defined as the very last period, is 51 though it can vary anywhere from 45 to 55. Perimenopause generally refers to the 2 to 3 years around the time of the last menstrual period when the periods may become irregular and hormone swings may be more dramatic. Sxs vary from none to extreme hot flashes, breast tenderness, pms, menstrual migraines and mood changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fox Dr. Fox
Fertility Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How can I help my gf through perimenopause?

Suggest hormones: There is still very good evidence that all women barring the few with absolute contraindications to hormone replacement therapy, will benefit significantly from hrt. Too numerous to mention here are the benefits of hrt. Minimal risks in most patients. The biggest negative for the patient would be the cosmetic changes. Ten years of skin wrinkling, acne and hair loss in the first 1-2 years. ...Read more

Dr. Bruce Young Dr. Young
Obstetrics & Gynecology
54 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What is perimenopause a what age can start?

It's premenopause: It usually starts @45-50 with missing or irregular periods. Ovulation stops & fsh & estrogen fluctuate until the ovaries no longer respond to fsh. Periods stop & when there are no periods for 1 year that's menopause. ...Read more

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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What are the symptoms involved with perimenopause?

What are the symptoms involved with perimenopause?

Peri-menopause is: When you start noticing something is a little "off", (usually with your periods) or maybe it seems like you're more irritable than usual. Everyone has different symptoms at different times so it's really hard to determine exactly when you started into the peri-menopause phase, but when you can start putting 2 or 3 or more of these symptoms together and they're hanging around for two or three month. ...Read more

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Charles Glueck Dr. Glueck
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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Is there a way to help my wife through perimenopause?

Be supportive : The major bothersome symptom is hot flashes. They last for a median of 8 months, and then begin to fade. ...Read more

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Does having hashomoto's aggravate the symptoms of perimenopause?

Generally not: If your thyroid problem is stable and has been treated appropriately with brand name T4 replacement if hypothyroidism has developed, then it is not effecting your onset of menopause. ...Read more

Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss Dr. Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How can I tell if I am experiencing perimenopause if I have a hyst?

Hot flashes: If you don't have cycles because you've had a hysterectomy, the most common and obvious symptom would be hot flashes. ...Read more

Dr. Derek Haas Dr. Haas
Fertility Medicine
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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I was just wondering if it is possible that I could be experiencing perimenopause at age 30?

Yes, possible: Yes, technically that is possible. There are some medical conditions (i.e. Turner's syndrome) where the female infant is born and has no eggs left. For most women that undergo premature menopause, no specific cause is found. You can have your doctor check a blood test called AMH (a marker of your egg reserve). Perimenopausal signs are hot flashes + night sweats with high FSH and low estrogen. ...Read more

Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams Dr. Leaver-Williams
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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Is neasua a sign of perimenopause?

Is neasua a sign of perimenopause?

Not generally: Perimenopause can be associated with hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood changes, and insomnia. If you are having persistent nausea you should be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Fox Dr. Fox
Fertility Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Is soy still good for perimenopause?

Maybe but NO: I will repeat another answer: if you go to cardiology for heart problem and the dr. Recommends a heart drug, i doubt seriously you would suggest or ? Whether a tea brewed from the foxglove (digitalis) plant would be "ok" as a substitute for the drug ordered. The cardiologist would struggle with that ? Why is it that women want to bypass good modern medical therapy for hormones? ...Read more

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Dr. Catherine Lanteri Dr. Lanteri
Psychiatry
years in practice
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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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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Is climacteric the same as perimenopause?

Is climacteric the same as perimenopause?

Yes, kinda: I tend to lump things together so i say yes. Others like to split things apart as distinct and say no. Menopause (also known as climacteric) is actually the time after missing 12 of your previously monthly menses. We refer to the several years during which you might complain of hot flashes, cold sweats & irregular menses, as peri-menopause. But we often lump topgether the whole period of time. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Lyons
388 doctors shared insights

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