HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Menopause and Hormones Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


SHARING IS CARING

What Is Perimenopause?

From the Menopause and Hormones Articles List

Young woman having hot flashWhat is perimenopause and how long does it last?


Perimenopause is the time period when your body starts transitioning into menopause. It can begin around the age of 40 and may last anywhere from a few years to a decade. During this time, your hormone levels can be erratic which can lead to a number of symptoms.

Initially, estrogen levels can increase during perimenopause. This can cause issues with estrogen dominance. You may also notice an increase in PMS symptoms along with some menopause symptoms from the hormonal imbalance. If you had not had a hysterectomy, you would notice that your periods last longer or spacing between them could shorten or lengthen.

During perimenopause, you can experience hot flashes and night sweats. Your moods may change and you may feel irritable or depressed. Vaginal and bladder issues can also occur, causing vaginal dryness, urine leakage, or urinary urgency. Vaginal changes combined with a decrease in libido could affect intimacy. Sleeping may also become an issues, leaving you fatigued. Declining estrogen levels during perimenopause can also increase your risk for osteoporosis and high cholesterol.

As hormone levels can change frequently, blood tests may not be effective for diagnosis as you would need multiple blood tests. Instead, your doctor may reply on your symptoms so it is important to keep a detailed symptom diary.

Treatments to manage your symptoms can include low dose birth control or some type of hormonal therapy. You could also try regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and asking your doctor about vitamins and supplements. If you are a smoker, you should stop. Alcohol should also be kept to a minimum. Following a routine bedtime schedule can also be helpful for insomnia, as can learning stress reduction and relaxation techniques.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-23-2015 - 01:23 PM


SHARING IS CARING


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!


HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.




HysterSisters Articles

Diagnosis
Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Endometriosis
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor




Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Lauren Streicher, M.D.
Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 117
Chicago IL 60611
(312)654-1166
Ken Sinervo, M.D.
1140 Hammond Dr., Ste. F6220
Atlanta GA 30328
770-913-0001
Mark Richey, M.D.
1200 Airport Heights
Ste 205
Anchorage AK 99508
9072724443
Ellen Wilson, M.D.
5323 Harry Hines Blvd - Dept of OBGYN
Dallas TX 75390
214-648-4747
Susan D. Hunter, M.D.
626 Ed Carey Dr
Harlingen TX 78550
956-428-4868
Caren C Reaves, M.D.
Caring for Women
2805 S. Mayhill Rd
Denton TX 76208
940-591-6700
Kym Boyman, M.D.
1775 Williston Rd., Ste. 110
South Burlington VT 05403
802-735-1252
heath miller, M.D.
4245 Roosevelt Way NE
suite 4
seattle WA 98105
206-598-5500 ext 8
Jack Ayoub, M.D.
44035 Riverside Parkway
Suite 435
Leesburg VA 20176
703.858.5599

Advertisement

Hysterectomy News

October 15,2021

CURRENT NEWS

HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive

TODAY'S EVENTS

Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays


Request Information


I am a HysterSister

HYSTERECTOMY STORIES

Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours

FOLLOW US


Your Hysterectomy Date


CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  



Advertisement


Advertisement