So, it has begun. You've reached the stage of your life where menopause is gradually approaching. To prepare you for that, you're body undergoes a transition called perimenopause. But what exactly is perimenopause? What are the symptoms associated with it, and when will it occur? If you have questions, we have the answers. Below you will find helpful links to answer a variety of questions that you may have — and some you may not have considered. But first, let's start by understanding what perimenopause is and exploring a few common symptoms you can anticipate.
Key Points of Perimenopause
- It's crucial to understand and navigate these symptoms to help you craft a good plan during this transition.
- Perimenopause symptoms and the severity can vary from woman to woman.
- Some symptoms of perimenopause include changes in mood, appetite, bladder control, and more.
- Perimenopause can last up to 10-15 years, resulting in a roller coaster ride of hormonal changes.
What is Perimenopause?
To put it simply, perimenopause is the transition into menopause.
Perimenopause is something that many women may not be aware of, even if they have gone through it themselves. Perimenopause is one of the normal stages in a woman's life, but it's neither an event nor a disease.
The fertility cycle ends much as it begins way back in childhood, with the absence of menstrual periods. Actual menopause, when there have been no periods at all for about 12 months, happens most commonly in a woman's early 50s. The time before menopause, which lasts up to 10-15 years for some, is evocative of the roller coaster of puberty. While puberty represents hormone production that is spiraling upwards, perimenopause is when the hormone production spirals downwards. Sadly, the changes brought on by this important time are often ignored. Mothers may prepare their daughters for puberty and the changes it brings, but rarely address those at the other end of the spectrum. It's not surprising to find out that many women end up in the middle of perimenopause without the information needed to meet it head-on.
What are Some Symptoms of Perimenopause?
The hormones going through our bodies regulate more than just our periods. Hormones are produced in many areas of our body and are involved in regulating such things as your moods, your blood pressure and blood sugar, and your appetite.
The ovaries may be small, but they are incredible producers. They produce estrogen, progesterone, and androgen. Estrogen is linked with protection against heart disease, osteoporosis, dry skin, wrinkling, and colon cancer. Decreased hormones can cause a lack of bladder control, vaginal dryness, and associated painful intercourse may be related to decreased estrogen levels.
Your Comprehensive Guide to Perimenopause Symptoms
Now that you have the basics down, let's take it a step further. While the above symptoms are pretty common among women who are experiencing perimenopause, they don't comprise the complete list. Additionally, understanding how to navigate these symptoms and important factors to consider can assist you in formulating an effective game plan during this phase. Without further ado, review our comprehensive list of everything you need to know about perimenopause symptoms.
The content of this article should not be considered as professional medical advice. Exercise due diligence when seeking relevant health information. Always consult your healthcare provider before making any medical decisions.
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