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How to tell the symptoms of perimenopause?

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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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


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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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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

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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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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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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

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Can perimenopause cause gallbladder problems?

No, but: Age itself can predispose to gallbladder problems - remember the 4 f's of gallbladder disease : fat, female, fertile, and forty! ...Read more

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When will the bleeding from perimenopause stop?

When will the bleeding from perimenopause stop?

Perimenopause: Perimenopause refers to the time before menopause truly kicks in. Some experience hot flashes and some irregular periods. I see you are 57. Typically perimenopause would have resolved by this age. You may be experiencing postmenopausal bleeding. An evaluation by an Obgyn is warranted ...Read more

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Can I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

Exercise will help: Being active helps make people feel more energetic. When we're inactive our muscles get achy and fatigued. Sitting all day long has been shown to be bad for health even if you exercise. It's a good idea to move around every half hour or so by stretching, walking up stairs, using resistance bands, or other light exercise. This is true no matter what your age. ...Read more

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How do I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

How do I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

Back to basics: The symptoms of perimenopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, heavy bleeding, and mood change can make it hard to remember we need water, sleep, healthy diet with minimal simple carbs, exercise, and time to recharge and be grateful. Take time to make a plan. Every day drink 8 glasses of water, take vit d and mv, stretch and follow your plan. ...Read more

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Is getting dry during sex another sign of perimenopause?

Yes: One of the earlier signs. As average estrogen levels diminish during perimenopause, both the vaginal tissues and bladder experience dramatic changes resulting in vaginal dryness and decreased bladder capacity, frequent "bladder infections, " burning on urination and the need to get up at night to urinate. These symptoms can be very distressing and need local estrogen (vaginal) therapy. ...Read more

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What is best approach to perimenopause? Natural or estrogen?

What is best approach to perimenopause? Natural or estrogen?

Depends upon you!: By natural, I assume you mean not taking anything at all. This is fine as long as you can tolerate the symptoms & changes associated w/perimenopause. However, if you need something, then estrogen is the gold standard, far & above any other option. But it's not w/o risk. Talk to your doc. Ask about different forms as risk varies there, too. There's also bio-identical vs non-bio-identical. ...Read more

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What are the sign and symptoms of perimenopause and menopause?

What are the sign and symptoms of perimenopause and menopause?

Lots of things: Menopause is the cessation of your period for 1year. Perimenopause is the time before that which can be a few months to a few years. The signs/symptoms can be challenging for some and a breeze for others. Do not compare yourself to others but accept your body is different. You can have emotional swings, depression, brain fog, fatigue, vaginal dryness, more urine infections. Talk to md about hrt. ...Read more

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Why do I no longer have the urge for sex during perimenopause?

Why do I no longer have the urge for sex during perimenopause?

Sex and perimenopaus: Increased stress. Level and hormonal imbalance, which can be common at this time, can cause that. ...Read more

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Is getting dry during sex with my husband a sign of perimenopause?

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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Can you tell me the difference between perimenopause and menopause?

Can you tell me the difference between perimenopause and menopause?

Transitioning: As a woman transitions into menopause, her menses may become lighter and may begin to skip. This transition is the perimenopause and lasts until a woman has not had a period for one year. After one year, we say that the patient is "in menopause" or is "post menopausal". ...Read more

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What's the difference between perimenopause and menopause symptoms?

Perimenpause phase: Perimenopause denotes a phase in which menopausal symptoms occur prior to menstrual period cessation. (menopause). ...Read more

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What is the average age for perimenopause in UK how long does it last?

USA: I don't know about the UK, but average age of menopause in the US is 52. Most start the perimenopausal period at 48-50 years of age. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference btwn perimenopause and menopause?

One precedes: Perimenopause are the months or years during which your reproductive hormones are declining, periods may be irregular, etc. At menopause, hormone levels have fallen as low as they're going to go and menses cease. ...Read more

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Does one feel healthier once perimenopause is over and menopause is complete?

Does one feel healthier once perimenopause is over and menopause is complete?

Hot flashes?: Many women going through menopause usually feel better when the hot flashes become less frequent. A woman may have hot flashes for years, but they do eventually happen less often and become less severe. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cope with anxiety if you are going through perimenopause?

What is the best way to cope with anxiety if you are going through perimenopause?

Fix anxiety sources: Reduce stress, improve relations, prioritize, decrease demands, exercise, decrease caffeine/alcohol; pay attention to dietary selections, have a healthy sex life, stimulate your mind intellectually and where necessary, medications. The drugs of choice? Serotinergic antidepressants (short term use or breakthrough symptoms), benzo diazepines (selectively). Attempt Buspar (buspirone) or low dose b-blockers helpful. ...Read more

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Help please! Is getting dry during sex with my husband another sign of perimenopause?

Help please! Is getting dry during sex with my husband another sign of perimenopause?

Not necessarily: A number of things can change how lubricated a woman becomes during sex - even stress. It could also be a vaginan infection, or certain medications. If you are concerned about perimenopause, some blood tests can answer that question. You might see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Does the estrodial level go sky high during perimenopause and does it come down again?

Yes and no: Perimenopause really is ovarian dysfunction, the reason perimenopausal women are not as fertile. If ovulating, the Estradiol level elevates at midcycle and comes back down if pregnancy does not occur. In a normal cycle, ovulatory Estradiol levels run about 350 (variable though). In the early part of the cycle during menstruation Estradiol levels are usually less than 100. ...Read more

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I am 48 years old and have entered perimenopause. Besides hot flashes, what can I expect?

I am 48 years old and have entered perimenopause. Besides hot flashes, what can I expect?

Varies: Many women experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, insomnia, and dry skin - among other symptoms. Of great concern is the increased risk for stroke, heart attack, colon cancer, alzheimer's disease, and osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about these symptoms, risks, and the possible treatments. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of menopause or perimenopause and at what most common age does it start?

What are the most common symptoms of menopause or perimenopause and at what most common age does it start?

Perimenopause: Perimenopause can begin in a few women in their 30s, but much more commonly in their 40s. This is a time of unstable changes in the balance of hormones that can cause many symptoms and distress in a womans life. Pms, fatigue, "foggy thinking", mood changes, depression, flu like feelings, insomnia, irregular periods, sexual dysfunction and other. Menopause is when there are no periods for 1year. ...Read more

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Bp stays good all day but sometimes late evening it gets to 130/90.if I take bp meds it drops too low. Is this bad? I'm in perimenopause

Bp stays good all day but sometimes late evening it gets to 130/90.if I take bp meds it drops too low. Is this bad? I'm in perimenopause

130 is normal and: 90 is only borderline high. With these numbers being your highest of 24 hrs, I would not see the need to treat with Rx of BP med. At this level, I would encourage lifestyle changes like regular exercise (20 min brisk walk most days), ideal body weight, reduce excessive salt intake, stress reduction (if appropriate) and 8 hrs of sleep a night. Cont to occasionally monitor your BP 1-2 x a month. U R good! ...Read more