What is it?

Perimenopause is the time in which the woman’s body starts preparing to the menopause. It happens to different women at different ages. It is characterized by changes in the estrogen levels, changes in the menstrual periods, and sometimes menopause-like symptoms. After 12 executive months with no menstrual period the perimenopause changes into menopause.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include shorter, longer or skipped periods, sleeping problems, hot flashed, mood changes, vaginal dryness, urinary infection, decreased ability to get pregantent, changes in sex drive, bone weakening, and an increase in cholesterol levels.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include hormone levels.

Treatment

Perimenopausal symptoms may be treated with replacement hormonal therapy (estrogen), vaginal estrogen, antidepressants and gabapentin.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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