You hear a lot about menopause, but you don’t hear as much about the transitional period that comes before it. Perimenopause can bring about symptoms ranging from mood problems to sexual dysfunction. At V CARE OB/GYN in the Upper East Side of New York City, Gabriela Olaru, MD, can help you manage your perimenopause symptoms and transition into menopause smoothly. For more information about perimenopause and what to expect, call V CARE OB/GYN, or book your appointment online today.
Perimenopause is the transitional period into menopause. Menopause is the time of your life when your menstrual period stops, and you can no longer get pregnant and give birth. Perimenopause typically starts around your mid-40s, but the age varies among women.
Once you go without a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, perimenopause is over, and you officially enter menopause.
Until then, you might get frequent menstrual periods or irregular periods with lots of time between them. This happens as your estrogen levels rise and fall. Estrogen is the main female reproductive hormone with a large role in dictating your menstrual cycle.
Perimenopause can last for years, and there’s no predicting how long it will take before you stop getting periods entirely. As you navigate perimenopause and the symptoms that come with it, V CARE OB/GYN can help you maintain your health and well-being.
Perimenopause comes with a wide range of symptoms. You might get many severe symptoms or a few mild symptoms. Some perimenopause symptoms are tolerable and don’t affect your day-to-day life very much, but others can have an impact on your well-being and your relationships with others.
During perimenopause, you might experience:
If your symptoms are severe, you have a choice between tolerating them or seeking help from V CARE OB/GYN. If you feel that your symptoms affect your life too much, V CARE OB/GYN can help you find a treatment.
There are several treatments and strategies available to help you overcome the symptoms of perimenopause and their effects on your life. Your V CARE OB/GYN provider asks for specific details about your symptoms so they can create a fitting treatment plan for you. They might also ask you to track your menstrual cycles and take a blood test to check your hormone levels.
Your perimenopause treatment plan might include:
Taking estrogen in the form of a pill, patch, or cream can help regulate your hormone fluctuations and ease many of your symptoms.
Antidepressants, particularly a type called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can reduce symptoms like hot flashes and regulate your mood simultaneously.
V CARE OB/GYN might recommend that you make some changes to your lifestyle to improve your health during perimenopause. Your provider might suggest that you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, stop smoking, or find a reliable way to relieve stress.
To find out more about perimenopause and how you can ease your symptoms, call V CARE OB/GYN, or book an appointment online today.