1. What is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the transitional phase before the onset of menopause. The body starts to change (normally in your forties), and the reproductive organs signal the end of their fertile life cycle.
2. What are the symptoms of perimenopause?
* Hot Flashes and night sweats
* Mood changes
* Vaginal Dryness
* Irregular Periods
* Loss of libido
* Muscle Aches
* Dry skin
* Frequent urination
* Weight Gain
* Hair Loss
3. How do I know if I’m entering perimenopause?
During perimenopause your body starts to experience hormonal changes, with the oestrogen and the progesterone running out of sync with each other.
You may notice changes to your periods, hot flashes, and sweats.
4. Do all women enter the perimenopause phase?
Yes, it is the period before menopause, but for some women, the perimenopause phase will go by barely noticeable, but for others it can cause a roller coaster ride of emotions and hormonal fluxes.
On average, perimenopause lasts for four years, and women will experience menopause symptoms, whilst still having periods.
5. Can I still fall pregnant during perimenopause?
Until a woman has reached menopause (12 months without a period), the risk of pregnancy is still a possibility, and the use of contraceptives are still recommended.
6. How will perimenopause affect my libido?
Fluctuating hormones during the perimenopausal state, will not only affect the physical health, but also your mental health.
7. Will perimenopause affect my emotional state?
As your body produces less oestrogen, your metabolism slows down, and you start to experience hot flashes and night sweats.
These changes can play havoc with your mental wellbeing, causing mood swings, sadness, and even rage.
8. What can I do to counter the symptoms of perimenopause?
There are many ways you can counter the effects of perimenopause and the onset of menopause. Talk to our specialists at Northside Gynaecology about the best options.
Options to counter the hot flashes may include birth control pills, progesterone injections, or even the fitting of a vaginal ring.
You will feel better, and manage the effects of perimenopause better by staying healthy. This includes exercising, drinking less alcohol, no smoking, getting enough rest, and following a healthy and calcium rich diet.
Try our Perimenopause Checklist.
If you require further information about perimenopause, Northside Gynaecology, our doctors, or our services, then please give us a call today.
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