Women go through many changes during their lifetime when it comes to their reproductive health. While puberty marks the beginning of a woman’s journey into her reproductive years, menopause marks the end of it. However, some women experience early symptoms of menopause before they make the transition. This timeframe in a woman’s life is often referred to as perimenopause.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is a period of time that the body begins to make the transition into menopause. This transitional time can start at different ages for different women, and may even begin for women in their mid to late 30’s. This progression often starts with certain signs of changes such as menstrual irregularity. This may be caused by the drop in estrogen hormones. Symptoms of perimenopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Longer or shorter menstrual cycles
- Sleep disturbances
- Vaginal dryness
- Changes in mood/irritability
- Decreased fertility
- Vaginal/bladder problems
- Decreased sexual arousal and desire
- Bone density loss through osteoporosis
- Changes in cholesterol levels
When should I see a doctor about perimenopause?
Perimenopause can be troublesome for some women, especially those who may be considering having more children. It can impact their fertility and may signal a time when reproduction may no longer be possible. Women who are experiencing the symptoms of perimenopause and are bothered by them due to their severity may want to book an appointment with a professional at Woodlands OBGYN Associates. The doctors may suggest ways to address these symptoms which interfere with one’s quality of life and overall wellbeing, including medications or even hormone replacement therapy.
When does perimenopause end and menopause begin?
The perimenopause period is over once a woman has gone through 12 consecutive months without their period. This marks the beginning of menopause, and may come alongside various other symptoms and concerns.
Learn more about how perimenopause may impact you
Call Drs. Kellyn Rielly, Holly Westmoreland, Raj Syal, and Jenna Everson of Woodlands OBGYN Associates in The Woodlands, TX today to discuss your condition and determine the solution to help you through this natural transition. The practice is located at 17183 I-45 #610 and can be reached by phone at (281) 364-9898.