Perimenopause? Signs You May Be Starting This Change


Perimenopause is the beginning of menopause. It usually occurs in women in their early to late 40s. If you are nearing this age or you are already there, you may be wondering if you are beginning to start this change in your life. You can go to your OBGYN to be tested by your gynecologist to see where your hormones are at in this stage of your life. There are also signs you can watch out for that you may be exhibiting. Read on for a few signs that you may be in perimenopause.

Hot Flashes

You may be feeling hot flashes from time to time. You may feel cool or comfortable one minute, then extremely hot the next. If you are beginning to sweat for no reason at all, or you notice that you have to take off a layer or two from time to time, it may be because of hot flashes. To help ease hot flashes, be sure you dress in layers so you can remove a layer when needed if you get too hot. Wear clothing that is breathable as well to help wick sweat away from your body.

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can occur throughout your life, but it is a typical sign of perimenopause and menopause as well. If you are noticing vaginal dryness, or discomfort while having sex, it could be due to your hormonal changes. You can help ease this symptom by using vaginal lubricant while having sex. 

Weight Gain

If you are going through perimenopause, you may experience fatigue or difficulty being or staying motivated to exercise, which is why you may also end up gaining weight. If you are gaining weight for no reason at all, it may be because of perimenopause. To help with weight gain, you should get up and get moving. Exercise is very important, but it can be hard to get motivated. Taking vitamins can help, as will eating a healthy diet.

Mood Swings

Mood swings can occur with PMS, but if your mood swings are worsening, it may be due to perimenopause. If you never had cramps before and are suddenly having this issue, it may be due to early menopause. You may also notice other changes in your typical menstrual cycle, such as heavier or lighter flow, or hardly any flow at all. 

If you suspect you are going through perimenopause, you should talk to your OBGYN about your symptoms and discuss what you can do to help ease the symptoms.

For more information, contact an OBGYN service in your area.


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