Meaning “around menopause,” the term perimenopause describes the years during which a woman’s body makes the natural transition to menopause. This time is also known as “menopausal transition;” it signals the approaching end of a woman’s reproductive years.
During perimenopause, which can begin as early as the mid-30s and last into the mid-50s, women commonly experience health challenges that are difficult to diagnose. Women who have a history of smoking, cancer or who have had a hysterectomy may be more likely to experience perimenopause earlier, and with more severe symptoms.
Personalized Perimenopause Hormone Treatment Plans
At Balance Hormone Center in Norman, we frequently work with women to develop personalized hormone therapy plans to help them overcome the pain and discomfort that often accompanies this time of transition. If your physician hasn’t been able to help or if you worry that the problems are just “in your head,” our team is here to help.
You deserve to live a full life during this transition time. Hormone therapy could be the tool that allows you to do just that.
Signs of Perimenopause
During perimenopause, the level of estrogen—the main hormone in the female body—fluctuates. As a result, the body is constantly changing alongside rising and falling estrogen levels. This can lead to a variety of symptoms that impact your life.
While each woman is different, the following symptoms occurring individually or in combination can point to perimenopause and hormone imbalance:
- Menstrual cycles lengthened or shortened
- Menstrual cycles not as frequent or stopped entirely
- Heart palpitations and hot flashes
- Trouble sleeping
- Reduced libido
- Headaches and difficulty concentrating
- Vaginal dryness and pain during sex
How Hormone Therapy Can Help
Menopause is inevitable. Even knowing that, many women are simply not prepared for just how challenging the transition can be. And perimenopause impacts each woman differently because hormone levels vary from person to person.
One of the most effective ways to deal with this transition is through personalized hormone therapy. At Balance Hormone Center in Norman, we will take the time to understand what you are going through personally, and then develop a plan that is suited for your unique needs.
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The transition to menopause can be difficult. But it need not take away your enjoyment of life.