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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Overview)

Perimenopause is the period of time surrounding a woman's transition to menopause as she stops making eggs and her hormone cycles change.


Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
36 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: perimenopause?

Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
36 years in practice
38M people helped
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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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25 years in practice
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Perimenopause (Overview)

Perimenopause is the period of time surrounding a woman's transition to menopause as she stops making eggs and her hormone cycles change.


Dr. Robert Lang
Board Certified, Endocrinology
47 years in practice
1M people helped
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How long does perimenopause usually last?

Dr. Robert Lang
Board Certified, Endocrinology
47 years in practice
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Unpredictable: Some women will have symptoms for only a few months and others will have them for 20-40 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Walter Futterweit
Board Certified, Endocrinology
59 years in practice
904K people helped
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I wanted to know is blurry vision a symptom of perimenopause?

Dr. Walter Futterweit
Board Certified, Endocrinology
59 years in practice
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I wanted to know is blurry vision a symptom of perimenopause?

No 3 tylenols.: Eyes focus changes at that time in life. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
72M people helped
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What are the symptoms for perimenopause?

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
19M people helped
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Is getting dry during sex with my husband a sign of perimenopause?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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Is getting dry during sex with my husband a sign of perimenopause?

Could be?: There are reasons for vaginal dryness. Adequate foreplay and arousal is important, however, hormonal stimulation is needed too. If concerned, your pcp, gynecologist or other provider can check hormone levels. What is your general health and what medicatons are you on. There are many preparations available for vaginal dryness to help aid you in pleasurable intercourse. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
55 years in practice
47M people helped
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 what is perimenopause?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
55 years in practice
47M people helped
 what is perimenopause?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
4 years in practice
442K people helped
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What exactly is pcos and how is it diagnosed? What is used to help? How do you distinguish between perimenopause and pcos?

Dr. Joshua Batt
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
4 years in practice
442K people helped
What exactly is pcos and how is it diagnosed? What is used to help? How do you distinguish between perimenopause and pcos?

Ovarian Pathology: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos). It is diagnosed with an ultrasound or ct scan. Weight loss is considered to be the most conservative method of treatment. It may cause infertility. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fox
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
29 years in practice
918K people helped
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Is there a test for perimenopause like there's a test for menopause?

Dr. Michael Fox
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
29 years in practice
918K people helped
Is there a test for perimenopause like there's a test for menopause?

Not Exactly: Perimenopause is a time where the hormonal profile may vary widely. I've seen people test like 20 year olds one month and the next month test menopausal. So if only one test is performed the information can be very faulty and conclusions can be wrong. We use symptoms combined with age and other clinical indicators to help us more than lab testing. Hormones are helpful in this time, . ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fox
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
29 years in practice
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Are hormone levels the only tests for perimenopause?

Dr. Michael Fox
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
29 years in practice
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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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Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
32 years in practice
698K people helped
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I know that perimenopause and hypothyroid symptoms overlap. Outside of bloowork, is there a way to know the difference between the two?

Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
32 years in practice
698K people helped
I know that perimenopause and
hypothyroid symptoms overlap.
Outside of bloowork, is there a
way to know the difference
between the two?

Bloodwork best opt: There is no really good tool aside from bloodwork to make a definative (certain) diagnosis. Due to the serious nature of hypothyroidism, please see your doctor and get the appropriate tests done. Its worth it for your future good health. ...Read more

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