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Perimenopause is the transition phase into menopause, which is the time when your ovaries stop releasing eggs. If you’re suffering from perimenopausal symptoms, the team at The Well for Health in Davidson, North Carolina, provides a holistic approach to managing your health during this time, helping you with lifestyle changes and, where appropriate, the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Call the clinic today to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool.
Perimenopause Q & A
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause signals the start of a woman’s transition into menopause and usually occurs in her 40s, although it can begin earlier. Estrogen production in the ovaries begins to slow down, and after an average of four years, the ovaries stop releasing eggs. Once egg production ceases, you no longer have a menstrual period, and when you’ve gone for 12 months without a period, you’re in menopause.
What are the symptoms of perimenopause?
The slowing down of estrogen production can cause a range of symptoms including:
- Irregular periods
- Heavy menstrual cycle
- Painful periods
- Mood swings
- Worsening of premenstrual syndrome
- Hot flashes
- Tender breasts
- Reduced libido
- Being constantly tired
- Uncomfortable intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Stress incontinence
- Needing to urinate frequently or suddenly
- Trouble sleeping
The changes in mood can become severe, causing sudden bouts of crying or depression, which make life difficult for many women.
Do I still need to use birth control during perimenopause?
It is possible to become pregnant during perimenopause, and you should continue to use birth control until you’ve gone at least 12 months without a period. Your fertility gradually declines through perimenopause as estrogen levels drop, but your fertility doesn’t cease altogether until you reach menopause.
How do I know if my symptoms are due to perimenopause?
In many cases, if your symptoms correspond to those of perimenopause and you are in your middle years, a diagnosis seems clear, but other conditions can cause similar symptoms, including problems with contraception and even pregnancy, so these need checking.
Aging increases the likelihood of developing thyroid problems, and many women who believe they are perimenopausal also have an imbalance of thyroid hormones to some degree. The symptoms of the two conditions are very similar but require different treatment approaches, so the team at The Well for Health runs diagnostic tests to check your hormone levels before designing a treatment program for you.
What is the treatment for perimenopause?
The team at the Well for Health uses a holistic approach to managing the symptoms of perimenopause, examining your lifestyle, medical history, and any other factors that could be influencing your experience.
You can relieve many of the symptoms of perimenopause by making lifestyle changes such as ensuring you aren’t deficient in micronutrients, managing stress, taking regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight.
The Well for Health team prepares a treatment program designed specifically for you and helps you manage your transition through perimenopause. They may also prescribe a course of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.
Don’t feel you have to cope with the side effects of going through perimenopause alone. Let The Well for Health help you by calling the team today or booking an appointment online.
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