Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her regular monthly periods end. Perimenopause refers to the period of time preceding menopause during which the woman experiences hormonal and other changes leading up to menopause.
During perimenopause, which usually begins when a woman is in her 40’s and continues until menopause, which is defined as the woman’s not having had a period for 12 months, a woman often experiences any of a number of troubling symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats and difficulty sleeping, decreased libido, vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex, irregular periods and fatigue.
Of course, these symptoms will make life pretty miserable at times, but your Women’s Health Care physician can suggest changes in your routines or diet that may be helpful as well as provide medical care that will lessen pre-menopausal symptoms.
So be sure to make a list of the questions you have for your physician. After careful consideration of your individual circumstances, your Women’s Health Care physician will recommend and oversee the treatments that will be most effective for you.