Pre Menopause signs & Symptom, Treatment of Pre Menopause, early menopause
What is Pre Menopause?
Perimenopause, often referred to as pre-menopause, is the time before menopause actually takes place. Perimenopause and its early menopause symptoms typically begin between 35 and 45. Pre Menopause refers to one to two years before menopause when menstrual periods become irregular; or, a term used to describe all of the reproductive years.
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when she stops menstruating. Premenopause refers to the time of life before menopause. Unfortunately this definition fails utterly to acknowledge the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes that mark it. Premenopausal syndrome refers to the group of signs and symptoms that often accompany these changes.
Sign and Symptoms of Pre Menopause
Premenopausal changes in a woman's hormone levels can begin anywhere from her mid-thirties to her late forties. These changes begin with the occurrence of irregular or anovulatory periods in which ovulation does not occur even though menstruation does. With the failure of the ovaries to release an egg, estrogen production may become irregular, with surges of high levels alternating with irregular low levels. When estrogen surges, women may notice these sign and symptoms -
- breast swelling and tenderness,
- mood swings,
- sleep disturbance,
- water retention, and
- a tendency towards weight gain.
The lack of ovulation and resulting lack of progesterone promote estrogen dominance and its related symptoms. Other familiar symptoms associated with premenopause and estrogen dominance include fatigue, depression, little or no desire for sex, and headaches.
Common perimenopause symptoms (early, pre menopause symptoms) include:
- Changes in menstrual cycles.
- Hot flashes.
- Mood swings and generally unstable or erratic behavior.
- Irritability, anxiety, depression, frustration.
- Increasing vaginal dryness, itching, discomfort.
- Breast tenderness.
- Painful sexual intercourse.
- Decreased libido.
- Urinary tract changes.
More Information on Pre menopause
During pre-menopause, menstrual periods (menses) begin to become irregular. During peri-menopause, menstrual periods often become highly irregular and women may experience symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or sleep disturbances. Peri-menopause occurs a few years before a woman reaches menopause.