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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.