Perimenopausal Symptoms - What A Woman Needs To Know

Perimenopausal Symptoms – What A Woman Needs To Know

By: - Women's Issues - July 19, 2011
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Perimenopausal symptoms produce subtle changes in the body exchanges that are not so subtle, and which can disrupt a woman’s life if left unchecked. There are various remedies for many of these symptoms, and you can speak with your physician about relief from the more severe issues and symtoms.

Perimenopausal symptoms include:

  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Changes in menstrual cycle intervals
  • Minimal or excessive menstrual flow
  • Change in the menstrual cycle lasting for a period longer than seven days
  • In late perimenopause, symptoms are characterized by at least two or more missed periods in a 60 day interval or longer
  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep problems

The sleep problems experience with symptoms of perimenopause in late menopause is generally caused by hot flashes that vary in duration, frequency, and intensity. Without hot flashes as part of the symptoms for perimenopausal issues, erratic sleep difficulties can still become a problem.

Other symptoms of perimenopause experienced by many women include mood changes, vaginal and bladder problems, decreased fertility, and significant changes in sexual desire. Mood changes are typically characterized by depression, your ability, and mood swings which may be mistaken for psychiatric disorders. Tests are performed to rule out other causes so that the symptoms can be appropriately treated.

Vaginal and bladder problems involve diminished estrogen levels. This can cause vaginal dryness and elasticity. This makes intercourse painful. The tissue tone of the bladder will often become compromised and urinary incontinence is a common result of this.

Decreased fertility, as part of perimenopausal symptoms is caused when ovulation cycles become irregular. This makes conception difficult; however conception is still a possibility. Some women may wish to avoid pregnancy entirely in this situation and doctors often advise the use of birth control in the situation.

Changes in sexual desire from the symptoms of perimenopause affect arousal and desire. For women who have had satisfactory sexual intimacy prior to menopausal issues arising, sexual desire will usually continue through perimenopause, menopause, and beyond.

Another area of concern with symptoms of perimenopause is bone loss. This is particularly important because bone loss can lead to osteoporosis. Estrogen, the hormone that declines in perimenopause, is involved in proper bone formation. As levels of this hormone decrease, the addition of estrogen hormone replacement therapy may be advised by your doctor to minimize bone loss over time and aid in the prevention of osteoporosis.

Finally, changes in blood lipids can occur due to declining estrogen levels. LDL-cholesterol, referred to as the “bad cholesterol” will increase and HDL-cholesterol, known as “good cholesterol” will decrease. This can obviously be a contributing factor to heart disease.

Women facing perimenopause and symptoms of this transition should use qualified gynecological care to help relieve the symptoms and prevent cardiovascular risks and reduce the risks for developing osteoporosis. Medical care can help considerably and ideally prolong life and make the transition easier for women.