Women generally understand their fertility has a starting point (puberty) and an end point (menopause). Puberty brings with it a whole host of new challenges for girls. In puberty, girls experience hormonal and physical changes as their bodies develop. On the other side of the spectrum, women know that menopause is similarly not fun. Between hormonal shifts, hot flashes, and night sweats, menopause can be a significant shift to a woman’s equilibrium. Many women, however, don’t know about perimenopause (sometimes cheekily referred to as “second puberty”).
Do you know about perimenopause?
Perimenopause refers to the span of 10 to 15 years before a woman fully enters menopause, where women experience some menopausal symptoms. It can begin as early as age 30, although it typically starts closer to 40.
During perimenopause, a woman’s menstrual cycles can become erratic. Women may experience hot flashes or night sweats, have difficulty thinking or concentrating (“brain fog”), feel more anxious, depressed, or fatigued, gain weight, and have decreased interest in sex. All of this is caused by hormonal changes that happen naturally as women age.
You aren’t alone
If you’re a woman in your 30s or 40s and you’re experiencing these symptoms, you’re not alone. Many women go through this period without ever having a name for what they’re experiencing. Perimenopause is a real condition that many women experience. However, many doctors do not take it seriously or attribute non-perimenopausal causes to women’s experience. At the Dr. Rogers Center, however, we know firsthand the negative impact that perimenopause can have on women, which is why we believe in effective diagnosis and treatment for this condition. If you believe you are suffering from perimenopause, don’t hesitate to discuss treatment options with our doctor.
Can it be treated?
Although perimenopause can be extremely unpleasant, especially if undiagnosed and untreated, there are ways to mitigate the negative effects that come with it. Female hormone replacement therapy is extremely effective in halting the negative effects of perimenopause. Bioidentical hormones – that is, hormones that are effectively identical to the hormones your body naturally produces – are used to restore balance when naturally produced hormones are out of sync. Blood testing and careful diagnosis are used in determining the correct bioidentical hormones to be prescribed and identify the correct doses of hormone replacement. Contact the Dr. Rogers Centers today to find out more.