Perimenopause is a normal stage of a woman’s life. It is basically the time of their life in which their ovaries are beginning to produce less estrogen. It usually begins in the 40’s, but can begin in some women in the 30’s.
This stage will last until the ovaries quits releasing eggs all together, than the woman begins another stage known as menopause. Usually, a woman will go through Perimenopause for about four years. Yet, there are some women who will go this stage as quick as a few months and then there are some women who will go through this stage for up to 10 years.
How can a woman tell that she is beginning the Perimenopause stage of her life?
According to WebMd, Generally a woman will exhibit signs or symptoms such as:
• Hot Flashes, night sweats
• Breast Tenderness
• Worsening PMS Symptoms
• A decrease in her sex drive
• Irregular Periods
• Vaginal Dryness
• Discomfort during sex
• Urine leaking when coughing or sneezing
• Mood swings
• Trouble sleeping
How is Perimenopause diagnosis?
There are some blood tests that can be run to check your hormone levels. These may indicate if you are Perimenopause. Yet, generally a doctor will just go over a check list with you to decide if you are or not.
Yes, you can still get pregnant while you are Perimenopause:
You are still producing eggs while you are Perimenopausal. Because of this fact, you are still able to get pregnant. It is just bit more difficult.
What can you do to help elevate some of your Perimenopausal symptoms?
Actually, you can do the things that you should be doing all ready to enhance your over all health:
• Exercise on a regular basis
• Eat right
• Get plenty of sleep and try to sleep in a pattern, getting up at the same time daily
• Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
• Drink plenty of water
• Try to lose weight if needed
• Make sure you are taking a daily multi-vitamin
• Meet your daily calcium needs
Speak to your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing, he/she can offer suggestions on how to deal with your sleep issues, hot flash issues and even your lower sex drive. The key is to have communication going with your doctor and your spouse. If you feel you aren’t alone in this new stage of your life, you may be able to transition into it a lot easier.