We have all heard about menopause. But what about its precursor? Perimenopause is the period in a woman’s life when hormonal changes start and marks the transition from a reproductive state to menopause. Perimenopause typically begins around age 40, but this can vary for different women—some may experience it much earlier or later than others. Whenever perimenopause sets in, it is usually a stage of life that piques our clients’ interest in their hormonal health and begins important conversations about getting older.
What Happens During Perimenopause?
Many of our providers hear patients report similar concerns. The most common signs and symptoms of perimenopause include irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, and fatigue. These are caused by shifts in hormone levels, such as estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to an imbalance in both physical and mental health systems. Some women experience more severe symptoms than others, but regardless, we know just how difficult they can be to manage.
If left untreated or unmanaged, perimenopause can disrupt everyday life. Regular check-ups with your gynecologist are essential to maintain your health during this phase of life and to prevent any further complications. Woodlands OBGYN Associates offers unique treatment options, including hormone therapy and hormone-free treatment options.
How Else Can I Manage Perimenopause Symptoms?
Positive lifestyle changes can also help you manage perimenopause symptoms. A balanced, holistic lifestyle is vital:
- Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and staying hydrated
- Getting enough sleep each night (7-9 hours) and developing a positive bedtime routine
- Exercising regularly, including low-impact workouts such as walking or swimming
- Reducing stress levels through meditation or yoga and maintaining a positive mindset
A proactive approach to your health and wellness can make managing perimenopause signs and symptoms easier. It can also help you make a healthy transition into menopause. During your appointment, your care team will review any current symptoms and concerns and then collaboratively develop a plan to manage them. Call our Conroe, TX, clinic at 281-364-9898 or visit us online at woodlandsobgynassociates.com to schedule your next check-up!