Perimenopause is a period which a woman faces before she gets menopause. Menopause is the stopping of monthly menses. The perimenopause can vary from 1 to 8 years and this varies from person to person. Sometimes a female faces it for a year and sometimes for 3 years etc. Here are some symptoms of perimenopause:
- Most common symptoms are changes in menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle can be prolonged or it can skip a month. Sometimes there is very little bleeding for a very short duration of time and sometimes there is excessive bleeding during menstruation period. In such case, immediate medical attention is advised.
- Hot flushes. Some women feel only the warmth, which they can cope with easily and some women feel very hot, restless, high pulse rate, increase in heart rate, profuse sweating. These hot flushes occur during day time and more significantly during nights. There’re chances of hot flushes while the women is stressed out or sitting in a crowded region. In such case, the doctor must be consulted.
- Recurrent urinary infection, recurrent vaginal infection and loss of sexual drive or libido.
- Some physical changes can also occur, like weight gain, hair loss and lot of pigmentation.
- Lipid profile could go haywire in perimenopause. Rise in triglycerides and loss in good cholesterol are also the symptoms.
- Complain of lethargy, backache, body aches and the women might not feel good most of the time.
- Women may feel very anxious, very irritable, very tense, huge variations in mood swings and frequent feeling of depression. She may want to stay alone and at home all the time. Due to high depression, the help of psychiatrist is advised.
When the woman faces above symptoms during perimenopause, support of family and her spouse is very important, both physically and emotionally. There must be a good understanding between them and then only she will be able to get through this phase easily.