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Has anyone here experienced perimenopause? If so, what was your experience? I don’t know much about it but I’m hearing it alot these days...just looking for some helpful information.

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      Kyah wrote Dec 2, 2010
    • That’s the beginning of hormonal changes that end in menopause. You can still get pregnant during that time but you don’t ovulate as regularly as you did before. You can set this in motion sooner by eating the wrong types of foods as well as lack of physical exercise/activity.

      Physical symptoms of perimenopause:

          * Changes in the menstrual cycle

          * Headaches

          * Heart palpitation - a sensation of the heart skipping a beat or beating very fast within a specific time period

          * Hot flashes and night sweats - a sudden feeling of intense heat which encompasses your entire body and may be followed by day or night sweats

          * Lumpy or tender breasts

          * PMS

          * Reduced sex drive

          * Unexplained weight gain

          * Urinary incontinence

          * Vaginal dryness

          * Water Retention, Bloating

      Emotional symptoms of perimenopause:

          * Anger

          * Anxiety

          * Depression, irritability

          * Difficulty concentrating

          * Dizziness

          * Stress and Extreme Fatigue

          * Mood swings

      The most common sign that you‘re going through your pre menopause stage is when you‘re experiencing early sign of menstruation transition such as irregularity in your periods, in the absence of other medical problems. Your menstrual flow can be heavier or lighter, longer or shorter time between periods and irregular flow.

      You may only experience changes in the menstrual cycle but you may also have one or more of the other symptoms of perimenopause. Your pre menopause symptoms may last for a few months or years and they can appear as early as your 30’s, 40’s or early 50’s.

      Hope that helps.




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      Myrna Perez wrote Dec 2, 2010
    • Yes! I experienced what Kyah wrote!




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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • I didn’t have the emotional side effects of perimenopause, just a change in my periods and the hot flashes. Still doing the hot flash gig and when I’m really cold I joke...“Where’s a hot flash when I need it?“. LOL  

      Cathie




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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • Kyah great info!

      And yes I have experienced some or all of the above.... Not all at once and not regularly.




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      Lazylola wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • The hot hlashes were the worst, especially when speaking in front of a group and one would come on...made me very self conscious. I hope I am now on the tail end of it since I started early.




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      Kmarie wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • I have not yet expereinced the syptoms, but I have friends who have discussed the symptons and my doctor shared a similar list.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • I’m more than halfway through I think. My symptoms were awful! I never was able to get the right dose of hormones so I stopped which sent my hormones into a tailspin. I’ve notice over the past several months to a year now that my symptoms have subsided on their own.




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • When I went last week for my yearly physical, I finally ask my doctor to let me know. I really didn’t want to know. I figured if I didn’t know for sure, the symptoms wouldn’t bother me as much.
      I received a phone call on wed of this week from my dr telling me that I was in menopause. I was shocked and really didn’t ask any questions. I kind of thought they would say I was perimenopausal but not in memopause.
      Going for a visit on Tuesday for mammogram and will get more details then. wow....and yes, If I haven’t had all of the symptoms listed above, I’m sure I’ve had at least 99.9% of them. The hot flashes have been terrible now for about 5 years.
      I will certainly be doing some research.




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • Me too with the hot flashes LazyLola, it has gotten to the point that I didn’t want to even go anywhere. It’s embarrassing




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      Angell VillafaƱe wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • One of the reasons I asked this question is because I’ve been experiencing weird changes in my period and alot of those side effects Kyah mentioned. A few people have mentioned perimenopause to me but I never really got any details on what it is. So I am going to make an appt to get some tests done to see what is going on. I do hope its not that but something weird is happening with me. Thank you Kyah for the helpful info and ladies for sharing.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 3, 2010
    • Angell they may want to check your thyroid first to rule anything out with that. But, if you‘re having some of these symptoms it’s probably perimenopause. I had a hormone panel done which is not the most accurate way to test. This was a blood test but I hear the saliva tests are more accurate.




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      Kyah wrote Dec 4, 2010
    • Glad I was able to shed some light on the subject. I went through most of those symptoms in a gradual way and although the hot flashes (I call them power surges LOL) are the one thing I most definitely hate, the weight gain bothers me the most. For most of my adult life I was under 140 pounds. As soon as I started going through perimenopause (along with being the care provider for my grandmother) I gained close to 35 pounds.

      I carry a hand fan for the hot flashes and instead of feeling self-conscious about them, I just make an announcement, “I’m in flash mode, that’s all.” Women who know nod in acknowledgment, those who don’t just shrug and say I didn’t know you were that old. I call that a left fielded compliment, LOL.




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      Angelcart wrote Dec 6, 2010
    • @ Kyah LOL!  I guess I need to get my concealed license!  That’s funny just NOT when those hot flashes hit.  I know all to well about the embarrassment when they hit.  Nothing like standing in line to check out at the grocery store and your face is just drenched!tongue out




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