Are These Symptoms of Perimenopause?
Perimenopause: What to Look For
Perimenopause occurs when a woman's ovaries gradually produce less estrogen. When a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs completely, she is said to be menopausal. According to Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, perimenopause symptoms affect women in their mid 40's to mid 50's. These symptoms can include:
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Loss of sexual desire
- Substantial weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area
- Inability to sleep
- Painful sexual intercourse due to vaginal dryness
- Irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Problems with memory and concentration
Furthermore, Marcelle Pick states that the symptoms of perimenopause can actually begin as early as 10 to 15 years prior to a woman's final period. A woman ranging in age from 45 to 55 will usually begin to notice these perimenopause symptoms; however, age can vary and many women may never experience any symptoms at all.
Typically, a woman will experience her final menstrual period by the age of 51, but this too can vary. Once a woman has had her final period, and does not menstruate again for an entire year, she is said to be postmenopausal.
Pick assures women that many