Understanding perimenopause

Menopause can be a trying time for many women who are at the end of their reproductive years. However, there are phases beforehand that may begin the change of life for women in the Woodlands, TX area. This phase, called perimenopause, is the phase during which changes begin to occur in the hormone levels of the body. Perimenopause is the precursor to menopause and may begin anywhere between the 30’s and 50’s. The onset of perimenopause may cause women to feel frustrated and not like themselves, especially when hormone levels fluctuate dramatically.

What are the signs of perimenopause?

There are many indications that perimenopause has begun. Some of the symptoms are similar to menopausal symptoms and include:

  • Fluctuating mood swings
  • Imbalance of hormones
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low sexual desire/libido
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes/night sweats
  • Decreased energy/vitality
  • Changes in period length/time between periods

If you notice any of the above symptoms, or a combination of symptoms, it may be time to speak to your gynecological professional to determine if you are entering the stages of perimenopause. Our doctors can take the time to educate you on what is happening to your body and the best ways to manage symptoms from now until the end of menopause. Women are encouraged to ask their doctor questions about this period in their life and seek treatment options that are effective in managing perimenopause and ensuring women feel their best during the transition.

Learn more about perimenopause

Do you believe that you are entering the earliest stage of menopause? Are you experiencing shifts in your mood, missed periods, and low sexual desire? If this sounds like you, it may be time for an evaluation with the team at Woodlands OBGYN associates. Our doctors can work directly with patients to help them understand the changes that are happening and find ways to overcome the symptoms to maintain a better quality of life during the transition. Call (281) 364-9898 today to request a consultation visit with Drs. Rielly, Westmoreland, Syal, and Everson. The practice is conveniently located at 17183 I-45, Suite #610 and is accepting new patients.

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