ZEELAND, Mich., Sept. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Perimenopause—the hormonal "roller-coaster" years preceding menopause—can
"Perimenopause begins when ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone. The telltale sign is when menstrual cycles are closer, further apart, longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter," says DePree. "Women may also notice mood swings, irritability, intermittent night sweats, which can last for years."
During the second half of perimenopause, women are likely to experience more "typical" symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes, sleeplessness, bone loss, weight gain, vaginal dryness, etc. — all signs that estrogen production is declining and can continue for
1-2 up to 4 years until menstruation stops. After one full year without a period, menopause has begun.
Below are ways to identify the onset of perimenopause and maximize quality of life during the transition:
"If you are experiencing some of these symptoms or can't make sense of what's happening to your body, it may be due to peri-menopause, even if you are in your late 30s," adds DePree. "It's important to have a discussion with your health care provider rather than tough it out. There are a lot of effective options available to help you navigate changes during the change."
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SOURCE Barb DePree, MD
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