The timeframe leading up to the menopause and then leading away from it for a year or two is often referred to as the perimenopausal period. As a woman approaches the time of menopause, she may encounter a variety of different situations. Her menstrual cycles may become somewhat more irregular, primarily due to the increased incidence of the anovulatory menstrual cycles. Remember, you have a period because you ovulated. No ovulation, no period. In addition, some women experience hot flashes. A hot flash is classically a warm or hot sensation that begins in the chest and moves toward the head and the extremities creating a flushing. The entire hot flash does not last more than 60 to 120 seconds. The natural course of hot flashes is for them to decrease or disappear over a period of 6 to 24 months, or longer in rare cases.
Common Symptoms of Menopause:
- Hot Flashes Fatigue
- Night Sweats Emotional Changes
- Irregular Periods Weight Gain
- Loss of Libido Headaches
- Vaginal Dryness Depression
- Mood Swings Memory and Concentration issues
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Resources on Menopause:
Secrets about Bioidentical Hormones to Lose Fat and Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease, Menopause, and Andropause, by Optimizing Adrenals, Thyroid, Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, and Growth Hormone! By Y.L. Wright
Pope Paul VI Institute
Catholic Medical Assocation
The North American Menopause Society