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Perimenopause is a time before menopause itself, when you begin to be unable to become pregnant because of less producing of such hormones as estrogen and progesterone by your body.
It is difficult to say how long perimenopause lasts, as it goes by at different women’s in a different way. So, perimenopause can last a few months or even several years. Perimenopause usually start at age 35 while the period of menopause are between ages 45 and 55.
If you had ever had a depression, going through perimenopause may influences to a woman's life. If perimenopause starts before time, it will be difficult to say whether you reach menopause faster than other women.
If you are in a period of perimanopause be aware that you can get pregnant. For this reason you should use such methods of birth control as birth control pills, shots, implants, or diaphragms or ask your partner to use a latex condom not to become pregnant. But be watchful as these methods may not protect from STDs or HIV.
Some women usually report that they have bleeding after sex at the very time of their perimenopause. It is normal for women who go through this period to have such irregular bleeding. But bleeding occurs not only from perimenopause or menopause, so it is better to consult your doctor, especially if the bleeding is very heavy or comes with clots, if it lasts longer than 7 days, if you have spotting or bleeding between periods or if you're bleeding from the vagina after sex.
Many women think that their keen emotionality is caused by some changes in their hormones. There is no common view what is a real reason of such mood changes. Some researchers consider that the reason is in decreasing of estrogen triggers causing depression. Others say that depression, irritation and anxiety are influenced by the following: sleep problems, hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue-not hormonal changes. It also can be having depression during women’s lifetime, feeling negative about menopause and getting older, increased stress, having severe menopause symptoms, smoking, not being physically active, not being happy in your relationship or not being in a relationship, not having a job or not having enough money, not having the social support you need, regretful that you can't have children anymore.
During perimenopause women may also experience such complicated symptoms as:
- Changes in your menstrual cycle (longer or shorter periods, heavier or lighter periods, or missed periods);
- Hot flashes (feeling of heat from your chest to your head);
- Night sweats;
- Vaginal dryness;
- Sleep problems;
- Mood changes (mood swings, depression, and irritability);
- Pain during sex or absence of desire to have sex;
- More urinary infections or urinary incontinence;
- Grow fat around your waist;
- Problems with concentration and memory.
A lot of women are interested in a reason causing hot flashes during perimenopause. It has not exactly known yet. There are some explanations to this: the first one says it is a change in hormones; the other – that is your brain that regulates your body temperature. And the last one declines that the reason of hot flashes are in hot weather, eating hot or spicy foods, or drinking alcohol or caffeine.
If you are bothered by symptoms of perimenopause, overlook the following hints how to prevent them:
It is necessary for you to write down all the symptoms you are having during the period of perimenopause to find out the changes you're going through. You should make notes if you are having hot flashes, night sweats, or mood changes, your menstrual cycle, with marking down whether you have a heavy, normal, or light period.
If you experience dryness or pain during sex, make a use of vaginal lubricant.
Try to avoid being outside in the heat, eat hot or spicy foods, drink alcohol or caffeine too much.
It is advisable to contact your doctor for more information.