Perimenopause is a somewhat misunderstood condition that deserves to have a little additional light shed on it. On the most basic of levels, it can be defined as the transitional period in between normal ovulation cycles and the onset of menopause. Frequently, this can lead to no menstrual bleeding at all for 12 months in a row.
Before perimenopause begins to take place, there will be a series of effects on the body you might find concerning. For example, you might end up having irregular periods which can cause some concern. Now, there will be instances where you should be concerned. If you are bleeding too much during your period, you might be better served seeing a doctor.
Other common problems you might experience would be vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and problems with your sleeping cycles. Such issues are not uncommon when dealing with perimenopause.
Again, you should not be too alarmed over these symptoms unless they become severe. If you do wish to see a doctor, you can likely explore very simple options such as taking oral contraceptives, progesterone therapy, and endometrial ablation. None of these treatment methods are invasive which makes them more palatable.
And of course, making positive lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and exercising regularly would help improve the situation quite a bit.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact Houston OBGYN Dr. Lisa Otey for more information or an appointment.
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