As we age, our bodies go through a lot of changes. One change that can be especially difficult to manage is perimenopause. Many women who visit Drs. Kellyn Rielly, Holly Westmoreland, Raj Syal, and Jenna Everson of Woodlands OBGYN Associates of The Woodlands, TX may ask questions about this transition into their later stages of womanhood. Here’s what you should know about this life stage.
What exactly is perimenopause?
Perimenopause marks the transition to menopause, and it usually begins in a woman’s 40s. During this time, the ovaries begin to produce less estrogen. This can cause a host of symptoms that can be incredibly bothersome, including irregular periods, hot flashes, sleep problems, and mood swings.
If you’re in your 40s or 50s and experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your OBGYN. They can help you manage your symptoms and decide if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
How long does perimenopause last?
For most women, perimenopause lasts between four and eight years. However, some women may experience symptoms for a decade or more. As you near menopause (defined as 12 months without a period), your symptoms will likely lessen. After menopause, you may find some relief from many of the bothersome changes that occur during this time, marking the end of perimenopause and helping you start a new journey into your golden years!
What can I do to ease my perimenopausal symptoms?
There are many things you can do to ease your perimenopausal symptoms. Staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and managing stress can all help. If these lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your OBGYN may recommend hormone replacement therapy or other treatments that may be available through Woodlands OBGYN Associates and our team.
Call today to request an evaluation and consultation appointment!
If you’re experiencing any changes in your body that are causing concern, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Woodlands OBGYN Associates. Our doctors can help guide you through the journey into menopause and alleviate symptoms and issues that may be incredibly bothersome. If you reside in The Woodlands, TX area and are ready to speak to a professional about this transition in your life, call the office at 281-364-9898.