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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


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What are the symptoms for perimenopause?

What are the symptoms for perimenopause?

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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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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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

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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

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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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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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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 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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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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Can the emotional symptoms of perimenopause go away when menopause is over?

Can the emotional symptoms of perimenopause go away when menopause is over?

Yes they can: Peri-menopausal symptoms can begin in your 30's and continue until you actually go through menopause (defined as no period for 12 months). The emotional symptoms will abate at some point, but for their control, consider talking to your doctor, but also check out this link for more information:

http://www. Menopause. Org/for-women. ...Read more

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Will the emotional symptoms of perimenopause go away when menopause is over?

Will the emotional symptoms of perimenopause go away when menopause is over?

Maybe: I think you are referring to the symptoms of menopause since the menopause is never really "over". Usually, women think of hot flashes which may wane over time. However, the other symptoms may persist including fatigue, lethargy, insomnia, loss of sex drive, Insulin resistance, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence and a host of others. ...Read more

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Are there similarities between the symptoms of early puberty & perimenopause?

Are there similarities between the symptoms of early puberty & perimenopause?

Sure: Both of these life stages involve huge shifts in the hormone levels in a woman's body. Hormonal balance is critical to a woman's moods, as well as a number of other physical symptoms. So moodiness is the key similarity, also sleep disturbances and changes in energy levels. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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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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Will taking thyroid medication during perimenopause help improve perimenopause symptoms?

Will taking thyroid medication during perimenopause help improve perimenopause symptoms?

If you: Take the correct amount of brand name T4 replacement to return your thyroid levels to normal, you will return your metabolic rate to normal -- and then your symptoms will be whatever they would have been if you didn't have a thyroid problem to begin with. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 43 and on the birth control patch and have been for a very long time. Is it true that bc will always mask perimenopause symptoms?

I am 43 and on the birth control patch and have been for a very long time. Is it true that bc will always mask perimenopause symptoms?

Yes: The patch contains estrogen, and menopause is characterized by estrogen deficiency, which you will not experience if you are receiving supplemental estrogen. ...Read more

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Is it more beneficial to take estrogen & progesterone daily together vs according to your cycle for best relief of perimenopause symptoms?

Depends: How to take hormones for peri menopause somewhat depends on the symptoms. Most women are having hot flashes and night sweats, caused by lower estrogen levels, so taking estrogen daily is better. The Progesterone is to balance the effect of estrogen on the uterus. For a woman with periods taking Progesterone cyclically is better. Also it's a little better for breasts to take cyclically. ...Read more

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I am 48 and only have one ovary. Will I have the same menopause symptoms as women with two? I am starting to show signs now of perimenopause.

I am 48 and only have one ovary. Will I have the same menopause symptoms as women with two? I am starting to show signs now of perimenopause.

Menopause the same: Your life with one functioning ovary is mostly the same as having two. At age 48, it is appropriate for you to begin menopause. The symptoms of menopause are very variable, and the presence of only one ovary will probably not change that. ...Read more

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Can taking the Depo-Provera injection cause perimenopause symptoms?

Yes: Depo-provera prevents ovulation by giving you constant levels of a synthetic progesterone. Possibly not ovulating can give you some symptoms of perimenopause. ...Read more

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Peri-menopausal women: what vitamins do you reccomend I take to combat some of the perimenopause symptoms?

Peri-menopausal women: what vitamins do you reccomend I take to combat some of the perimenopause symptoms?

Bioidentical hormone: The symptoms of perimenopause are mainly due to either Estradiol deficiency or Progesterone deficiency, or both. Taking vitamins doesn't help the production of these hormones. Look into bioidentical hormone replacement. Also, get a thorough evaluation to make sure there isn't another cause of your symptoms, for example, thyroid deficiency. ...Read more

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In perimenopause, if your not having night sweats or hot flashes, does this mean estrogen is not needed? Many other symptoms exist.

In perimenopause, if your not having night sweats or hot flashes, does this mean estrogen is not needed? Many other symptoms exist.

HRT indications?: Hormone replacement therapy (hrt) is commonly advised for severe symptoms, especially hot flashes. Most other symptoms of estrogen deficiency can be managed with local applications of estrogen creams applied to the vaginal mucosa/ areas. Consult your gynecologist for further advice and proper management. ...Read more

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Took prometrium (micronized progesterone) for 6 weeks for perimenopause symptoms. Started out with improvements but didn't last. Now what?

See your doctor: Your ob/gyn specialist can review your symptoms and suggest treatment based on your medical and family history. This may include estrogen in addition to the Prometrium (micronized progesterone) you are taking now. ...Read more