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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Perimenopause -


I received a lot of interesting feedback on my menopause post (“Elephant...” Feb. 17, 2011) and many comments related to perimenopause.  Therefore, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to perimenopause
The prefix “peri” is of Greek origin and means “around” or “about” and when you combine it with the Greek "mens", which means monthly and "pausis", which means cessation (“Elephant...” Feb. 17, 2011), you have perimenopause, which means “around the monthly cessation”....ok, enough Greek, let’s get on with the other details.
Perimenopause is the phase before menopause actually takes place, when ovarian hormone production is declining and fluctuating.   My research has shown this phase can last anywhere from 5 – 15 years before menopause, while other research refer to perimenopause as that period which is a 3 to 4 year span just before menopause, the end of menses, occurs.
I’ve also discovered many women experience more symptoms during perimenopause than after menopause. Because this often happens at an age between 35 and 45, many women's symptoms are overlooked or ignored by their healthcare providers.
There are many signs and symptoms, both of a physical and a mental nature, related to perimenopause.  They may include:
·         Hot flashes and/or night sweats
·         Breast tenderness
·         Mood changes - depression, anxiety, irritability,
·         Trouble sleeping
·         Irregular periods – lighter or heavier flow, flooding, shorter or longer cycle
·         Vaginal dryness
·         Decreased libido
·         Urinary urgency and/or leakage when laughing or sneezing
·         Problems with memory and concentration
·         Fatigue
I’ve only mentioned some of what I personally feel are more common symptoms.  There are many other symptoms which could occur with perimenopause.
Often your doctor can make the diagnosis of perimenopause based on your symptoms. Blood tests to check hormone levels may also be beneficial but may be difficult to evaluate due to erratic fluctuations of hormones during this period.
Talk to your doctor about your specific symptoms and goals of treatment. This will help him or her in developing the plan that is right for you.

I referenced the following sites for the information contained in this post –

Disclaimer - 
The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner.


Monica

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31 Comments:

At February 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Oak Lawn Lady said...

It's the mood swings I found the hardest to deal with....or rather my family did!! As for me, I just thought I was going crazy, never to return!!!
That and the fact I had to carry around all the period 'paraphernalia' in a purse or bag, because I could never tell when 'things' would happen and I'd be left unprotected!!
But the good news is, this too shall....and does pass....and if you can tough it out and get help from your doctor when needed, life does level out on the other end.

Oak Lawn Lady/Kathy

 
At February 24, 2011 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Java said...

Hi!

Thanks for stopping by the Over 40 Bloggers I added your blog to the list!!

Thanks for joining the party!

Hope you get lots of followers from it!

Be sure to come by for the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!

Have a great day!!
Java

 
At February 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Nancy StylenDecorDeals.blogspot.com said...

Following you on GFC. Stop by and visit my blog: http://stylendecordeals.blogspot.com/

 
At February 25, 2011 at 3:42 PM , Blogger Every Day Products & More said...

thanks 4 stopping by
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At February 25, 2011 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Trudy Callan said...

Thank you so much for wishing me congratulations on my pregnancy and for following. I will try to get some baby bump pictures posted in the next week or so.

 
At February 25, 2011 at 4:37 PM , Blogger jamfiescreations1 said...

Hello, thanks for the follow. I now follow your blog. Hope you have a great weekend.

Blessings, Mary O

 
At February 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Valerie said...

See - and I thought I was crazed b***ch. Wait - I should keep those words on my own blog, huh. Thank you for popping by!

 
At February 25, 2011 at 5:29 PM , Blogger Soooz said...

Monica, hello! Poor darling, you did happen to follow my post just as I had posted that crazy interview with Cyril! I'll bet you wondered what on earth was going on...lol.

Cyril is a character in one of my books, he's also a 28' crocodile with attitude and panache, nuf said. Thanks for the follow and I love the look of your site and am happy to have joined.

 
At February 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Leslie said...

Thanks for following Tranquil Acres of Alexandria.. and OH!!! Do I fit your list...

Following you now too!

 
At February 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Blogger ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Following you back! Thanks for stopping over and following!! Site looks great, I'll be back.

-heather

 
At February 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM , OpenID ryoko861 said...

Had four miscarriages, one major, before the doctor declared I was going through perimenopause. That was when I was about 35. I get all my symptoms of my period, I just don't get "my period". I was ful blown in menopause at 36. Ugh, it was aweful. Still is, but it's gradually getting better.

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Nice to meet you!

 
At February 25, 2011 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Kim-A Creative Spirit said...

I was an early bird on menopause and so glad to be at the END....at least I hope so... Following you back from A Creative Spirit. Thanks for stopping by and following.

 
At February 25, 2011 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

I am a new follower! You can check out my site at http://www.stealsanddealsforkids.com

 
At February 25, 2011 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Joann said...

I just started a few of these symptoms myself!
jbdownie5@yahoo.com

 
At February 25, 2011 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Sherree said...

Thanks for stopping over at my blog. I had a total hysterectomy in my early 40's and wow! is all I can say. My huband calls my hot flashes, my power surges. Life is easier now. But back then, our girls were out of the house and on their own. We were just starting to raise two granddaughters that we had adopted from birth, along with a live in mother-in-law and times got a little wild. Seventeen years later, armed with cymbalta, life is manageable. ladies hang in there, for there is life at the end of the tunnel. It does help to have a friend to go out to eat and just share your heart with.

 
At February 25, 2011 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Joann said...

I am following you back. Thanks for stopping by! And great post!
jbdownie5@yahoo.com

 
At February 25, 2011 at 8:45 PM , Blogger Our Mom Spot said...

This is important information for women.

We need to be aware of perimenopase too - especially since HCPs aren't necessarily looking for it.

Awesome blog post Monica!
http://www.OurMomSpot.net

 
At February 25, 2011 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Yvonne said...

Very interesting post!

I'm a new follower and thanks for stopping by my blog!

 
At February 25, 2011 at 9:20 PM , Blogger Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Menopause...something I know well though my husband still thinks it is a bad case of claustrophobia!! Thanks for visiting my blog I hope you will return...I am going to add you to my blog roll right now...I never want to miss a good hot flash discussion!! Have a great weekend...

 
At February 25, 2011 at 9:35 PM , Blogger High Heeled Life said...

Hi there thanks for visiting ... now I've discovered your wonderful blog... new follower to your blog too! HHL

Falling Off A High Heeled Life
http://attitudeivlife.blogspot.com/

 
At February 25, 2011 at 9:42 PM , Blogger Marnie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. It's always nice to meet bloggers with similar interests. You have a great blog here.

Marnie xo

 
At February 25, 2011 at 10:00 PM , Blogger Candace said...

I have so many of these symptoms. I hate the mood swings and the anxiety most of all. As my mom has told me for years, the aging process is not pretty. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today! Have a great weekend, Candace

 
At February 25, 2011 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Debra Ann Elliott said...

Thanks for stopping by Writing with Debra. I am now following. I think you already follow High Heels and Hot Flashes. Love the post.

 
At February 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM , Blogger Red Nomad OZ said...

Hey! Thanx so much for visiting and following my blog! I've been hot-flushing my way round OZ since menopause was thrust upon me after a WAAAY-too-early hysterectomy! No kids, but SO relate to what you're saying!

Happy travels!!

 
At February 25, 2011 at 10:22 PM , Blogger EmptyNester said...

Not sure how the mood swings are an indicator for me since I've been moody from birth. LOL My BFF has given me much info on perimenopause which I appreciate greatly. Finding a doctor around here that I like and trust has not been easy. Still looking and I've been here for almost 30 years. Have you read Shmirsky:think inside the box--very good read and informative as well! Thanks for the follow, I'm following you back.

 
At February 25, 2011 at 11:30 PM , Blogger Shawn Becker said...

Hi, thanks for the follow and I am now following you. I am also an Rn.I have been having hot flashes for the last three months after going off of the estrogen patch. Hopefully, they will end soon.

 
At February 26, 2011 at 12:06 AM , Blogger citymouse said...

Following you from one of the Friday Follows. This is a helpful post. I am not quite there yet but I see some hints... so it's good to have a road map.

 
At February 26, 2011 at 12:21 AM , Blogger Coupon Queen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I am stopping back and WOW that is some great info!! I never knew you could do something for pre menopause, but I have a bunch of the symptoms so I am now planning on talking to my Dr. on Monday. Thank you so much! Is always nice to know there are options available! :) I am looking forward to more great info. Have a great weekend!

 
At February 26, 2011 at 12:38 PM , Blogger The Baby Store Plus said...

Hi Monica,

Thanks for stopping by my blog (http://IamNannyAnna.blogspot.com) and becoming a new follower. I am now following you back as well.

I think it is great that you are sharing information about peri-menopause...it is not a dirty little secret that we women have to keep to ourselves. I share about it openly on my blog and glad to see you do too. I am going to be adding a new post soon sharing about my recent experience with the Estrogen patch that I decided to try at the advice of my GYN who specializes in menopause. I feel like I am in my 20's again! For me the quality of life in peri stage sucked. I am so happy that I gave this a try...my life has changed 180 degrees.

Look forward to reading your posts in the future :) have a Fab weekend!

Anna

 
At February 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM , Blogger . said...

Hi, I'm so glad you joined my site and I will happily follow you.
I'm close to 48 and last year my hormone tests were only 1 number away from being in menopause. I will be glad when it all over with.
I keep hoping my low libido will return :(
http://www.dont-worry-bout-a-thing.blogspot.com

 
At March 3, 2011 at 4:10 PM , Blogger Jen said...

Great information about peri and menopause. I'm 42 and have been wondering if I'm in peri or when will it start. I lost my Mom 32 yrs ago when she was 31 so I have no idea when it will be striking.

TY for stopping by my blog I am now your newest follower.
Jen
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