Perimenopause Symptoms - 10 Common Symptoms Of Perimenopause
Perimenopause symptoms are most often experienced by women in their late 30's, 40's or early 50's. The perimenopause symptoms such as fluctuating menstrual cycles can signal the slowing down of reproductive capabilities.
Perimenopause (or peri menopause) can be defined as the time before menopause. Menopause is the cessation of menstrual periods for twelve months in a row. Having symptoms of perimenopause can mean that the woman is getting closer to the age of menopause and the ending of monthly menstrual periods.
Here are common symptoms of perimenopause:
a Changes in the Menstrual Cycle (menstrual flow can be heavier or lighter, longer or shorter time between periods, irregular flow)
a Lumpy or Tender Breasts
a Water Retention, Bloating
a Problems with Sleep
a "Foggy, Fuzzy" Thinking, Difficulty Concentrating a Anxiety, Mood Swings, Depression
a Hot Flashes, Night Sweats
a Vaginal Dryness
a Unexplained Weight Gain
Perimenopause and menopause will affect each woman differently. Your only one of the perimenopause symptoms may be that your period stops. However, you may have one or more of the other symptoms of perimenopause. Perimenopause symptoms can be experienced by a woman for a few months or they can last for years. Since the average age of menopause is 51, symptoms of perimenopause can appear in a woman's late 30's, any time in her 40's or early 50's.
During perimenopause, many women begin experiencing their first symptoms of hormone imbalance. How does hormone imbalance happen?
According to Harvard-trained physician Dr. John Lee, perimenopause symptoms appear because ovulation occurs less frequently or not at all in the years before menopause. When a woman is healthy and ovulating, estrogen is produced during the first part of the menstrual cycle and following ovulation, progesterone is produced during the latter part of the monthly cycle.
With ovulation required for the monthly production of progesterone, if there's no ovulation, no progesterone will be produced. With declining progesterone production, perimenopause can be the time women experience the onset of hormone imbalance, causing symptoms of perimenopause.
How can a woman tell if the symptoms of perimenopause are related to hormone imbalance? One way is to take a leading womens clinic test for hormone health and related perimenopause symptoms. The health test is free and it takes just a few minutes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Possible hormonal imbalance/Breast size affected?
Im 23 years old and do not even fill up and A cup, while every other woman in my family has at least a B cup. Although i've always had a lot of hair follicles on my body i've noticed a slight increase in the number of thicker/darker/longer stray hairs around my aerolas and under my chin. Could this be a sign of a hormonal imbalance? Also if corrected would my bust size increase?
Is it harder for someone who has hormonal imbalance to become pregnant? How do I know when I am ovulating?
Hi! I have always heard women talk about how they know when they are ovulating but I have never been able to tell... except ever since last May (2006) after I miscarried my first ever pregnancy. Ever since that, I tend to get lots of signs of pregnancy like very tender breasts, opened appetite, fatigue, nautious feelings... and then my period would come weeks after...Are these signs of ovulating? My doctor says that I have what's called 'Psychological Pregnancy' and because of my hormone imbalance my body actually prepares itself for pregnancy after I have unprotected sex...sounds kinda bizarre to me! So now, I kinda think that I am pregnant because my last period came on March 4 and ended on the 7th (my period usually lasts 5-6 days, sometimes 7), I've been eating a lot, feeling very nautious for entire days but have not been vomiting, feeling very small sensations in my abdomen and it's kinda uncomfortable to lay on my stomach. What am I to do? Could I really be pregnant this time?
There are several drugs out there to help out with hormonal issues. Do not get discouraged!
I, too, have no idea when I am ovulating. Some women have ovulatory pain, bbt tem shifts, etc...
Let me tell you what I did:
I got an ovulator prediction test at Wal-Mart. They work like a pregnancy test. (You pee on a stick). This is suppose to be very helpful. It shows you when you have a LH surge--this happens. After the surge, you are suppose to ovulate within 24-36 hours. I think I paid for 7 tests.
Then, I started charting my basal body temperature. You can buy one of these thermometers at Wal-Mart too, . I bought a charting program at www.ovusoft.com. It was . It is really cool though. It basically does all of the figuring for you. All you do, is put in daily temps, symptoms, etc.
According to them, the best time to get pregnant is when you have egg-ehite cervical mucus. You should monitor this too. I had it, but the program still did not detect ovulation because my temps are too low. However, my temps are low--always.
Hopefully, with all of this, you will be able to detect ovulation. There is always the possibility that you are not ovulating. In this case, there are also drugs that will help.
As far as you being pregnant now, it might be too soon to tell. Wait another weeek. If your period does not start you could be!!
I am hoping that I am pregnant now, but will not be able to tell for a few more days. Had implantation bleeding, but no other symptoms.
Good luck! I hope everything turns out for the best.
Is it possible to have a hormonal depression or is she just a person that can only cry late at night alone?
This is not a joke question now I will give more detail. In the past year I have had 3 deaths of my unborn children.(miscarry) Also after the last miscarry the man that I was with just disappears. We were having a great relationship. But now that he is gone I can't stop from being depressed. Also I think about him all the time wondering where he is. He does not respond on email. But am I just being a bitchy woman, or could there be an hormonal imbalance? BTW I never cry because I think it is a sign pf weakness. So now I get mad cuz I'm crying and cry more. I guess I need help huh? please be gentle with your answers.
It's normal to cry when you have pass to such events-3 deaths of unborn child's are very power full resonance in your mind, in your deep heart...
Your boyfriend had left you....Think why!Find a logical association of ideas in your head.It is possible that because this deaths of child's?You have such a problem and he didn't have the courage to support you?
Only you can find the answer!
And because you crying all the time you not depressed because hormonal depression doesn't exist..you are upset, furious and psychically fable...and you need to speak with an others persons....friends...talk and talk.....and if you can it's better to see a specialist too.He can recommend you pills for calm your hormones and stop cry..after that you must be power full psychologically speaking.
Make an Analise at every think and go further, pass over difficulties, you can't live in the past, it's over...go ahead!