3 Signs of Perimenopause
Menopause is known as the time that a woman’s reproductive hormones begin to decline and their menstruation completely ceases. However, most women do not realize that symptoms can occur before, known as perimenopause. Symptoms began around five to ten years before actually developing menopause. Not all women develop these symptoms; it all depends on the individual, yet it is good to be on the lookout for signs of it. Here are 3 signs of perimenopause:
1. Night Sweats
Excessive sweating during sleep is a very common symptom seen. Once hormone levels are lowered, sweating in even normal temperatures is not unusual if you have night sweats. However, some people may sweat at night when they are wearing a lot of layers of clothes or have a multitude of blankets, or if the room temperature is a little warm. To differentiate between those two, someone experiencing night sweats drenches their sleepwear and sheets, not related to an overheated environment.
2. Vaginal Problems
Another symptom to look out for is if you begin experiencing vaginal dryness. When estrogen diminishes, the tissues in the vagina begin to lose lubrication and elasticity, making sexual intercourse very painful. Vaginal dryness is not only painful during sex, but also everyday life such as sitting, exercising, and even urinating. Low estrogen can also make the vagina more prone to getting infections as well as urinary infections.
3. Irregular Periods
Changes in hormone levels interfere with ovulation, which causes irregular periods. When ovulation is not occurring, estrogen is still being made causing the endometrial to thicken. This leads to irregular bleeding, spotting, and even infertility. There may also be heavy bleeding during menstruation, due to the estrogen-progesterone imbalance. It is best not to ignore heavy prolonged bleeding or any irregularities with your period.
If you do see some of these early signs, it is time to seek out a doctor. Although it is sometimes difficult to tell if you are experiencing some of these symptoms, it is good to pay attention to how your overall body is reacting. However, if you do notice that you are experiencing hot flashes, irregular periods, vaginal problems, and mood changes, going to a doctor can help you figure out what the next steps are and how to proceed. It may seem daunting to experience these symptoms, but they are treatable. All women at one point will experience both perimenopause and menopause, and it is best to be prepared for when that time comes.