Perimenopause: Treatment & Symptoms | Perimenopause Specialist

Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the gradual decline in estrogen production that precedes menopause. For most women, perimenopause begins in their 40s, but some women start seeing perimenopause symptoms as early as their 30s.

 

If you’re experiencing troublesome perimenopause symptoms, there is a lot you can do to feel like yourself again. Let the caring staff at Nore Women’s Health create a custom care plan just for you.

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How long does perimenopause last?

Perimenopause lasts until the ovaries stop releasing eggs. For most women, that’s about four years, though some women go through it as fast as a few months or it can take as long as 10 years! Perimenopause is officially considered over when a woman has not had a period in one year.

What are the signs of perimenopause?

Some of the signs of perimenopause are when you don’t feel like “yourself” with hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and sleepless nights. You can’t seem to find your libido (or anything else for that matter).

Is there treatment for perimenopause? ?

Many patients find perimenopause relief with common hormonal birth control such as the pill, but there are many other treatment options as well, including lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy, perimenopause supplements, nutrition, and more. 

Perimenopause Symptoms

During perimenopause, most women experience a number of symptoms as their bodies transition out of fertility and into menopause. Some symptoms of perimenopause that you may experience include hot flashes, breast tenderness, worsening PMS, low libido, vaginal dryness, fatigue, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and urinary leakage and urgency.

Though many women find these symptoms distressing, there’s no reason to worry. These are common, natural bodily responses to decreasing estrogen, and they are very treatable. Don’t worry that you won’t ever again have your same quality of life - you can!

Hot flashes/night sweats. These symptoms can be mild and rare or significantly affect a woman’s day or night, which in turn negatively affects her ability to take care of daily work, activities, and family.  Depending on individual symptoms and medical history, there are multiple options to help with these symptoms.

Vaginal dryness. When estrogen declines, the cells lining the walls of the vagina change and thin out. This may cause decreased lubrication and sometimes even painful intercourse. Over the counter lubricants, hyaluronate gels, replacement of estrogen in the vagina, and/or laser vaginal therapy can significantly improve this.

Menstrual irregularities. This can be related to hormonal changes or other causes. It is important to find out the underlying cause of this to determine the best treatment plan.

Sleep disturbances. Sleep is a complicated problem that has many contributing factors. Aging, hormonal changes, and night sweats can add to this. Treatment will depend upon the underlying causes.

Mood symptoms. Depression is more common in women and abrupt changes in hormones can cause worsening symptoms, which in turn can cause irritability. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, exercise, and medication.

Brain fog. Hormone changes, especially abrupt ones, can cause this to be pronounced. Hormonal treatment options may improve this.

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Treatment for Perimenopause

Perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction, and others can be alleviated using one or a combination of therapies offered at Nore Women’s Health. Our caring providers focus on helping women going through perimenopause work through this exciting and challenging period in their lives.

Lifestyle Changes. Believe it or not, perimenopause can lead to you being in the best shape of your life, because diet and exercise help alleviate many perimenopausal symptoms. Your Nore provider will create a diet and exercise plan that fits into your lifestyle, helping you look and feel better all around.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy. Perimenopause symptoms are caused by lower hormone levels than you’re used to. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy replaces those missing hormones with natural, plant-derived substitutes, helping to alleviate symptoms like low libido, lack of energy, irritability, and anxiety/depression. Learn more about Nore's Bio-identical Hormone Therapy.

Vitamin Therapy. Vitamins and perimenopause supplements can help ease some perimenopause symptoms as well as enhance your overall health. First, Nore’s expert providers perform a comprehensive Micronutrient Test to identify any nutritional deficiencies. Then, they’ll recommend Vitamin IV Therapy, Vitamin Injections, and/or Vitamin Supplements tailored to your specific needs.

Vaginal Rejuvenation. Nore’s non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation therapies can provide much- needed relief for common vaginal perimenopause symptoms like dryness, pain, loss of tone or sensation, and overactive bladder. These symptoms may affect not only your quality of life but a sense of self, as well. There’s no reason to suffer when simple, non-surgical vaginal health therapies are available!

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