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Perimenopause and Post-Menopause – Problems

2012 March 16

Perimenopause problems

Perimenopause is the transitional period from normal menstrual periods to zero periods. This transition may take up to ten years. During the perimenopausal phase, you may experience a combination of PMS and menopausal symptoms. During this phase, many women undergo bodily changes resulting from hormonal fluctuation. Hot flashes may leave the sufferer feeling weak and break out in heavy sweating. Despite the discomfort, hot flashes are not considered harmful. Flashes can, however, be eased through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and herbal remedies.

Common problems are

  • mood changes
  • changes in sexual desire
  • difficulty in concentrating
  • headaches
  • night sweats
  • hot flashes
  • sleep disturbances
  • joint and muscle aches
  • extreme sweating
  • frequent urination
  • similar symptoms as experienced with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Even women who are free of the troublesome physical effects of perimenopause may suffer from psychological stress. Many women feel they will no longer be desirable once menopause has set in.

Post-menopause problems

Once the last period of a woman’s life is over, many new problems crop up. Many women start experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance anywhere from their early 30s to their late 40s. Levels of estrogen and progesterone – the essential female hormones – dip, triggering a range of problems.

Common problems are

  • Weight gain
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Increase in facial hair as testosterone is now able to exert more power
  • Incontinence as muscles surrounding the bladder weaken
  • Slowing down of mental processes
  • Reduced bone density

In the long term, post-menopausal women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis and more prone to heart attacks. Problems associated with menopause can be greatly reduced by taking herbal supplements.

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