Diagnosing Perimenopause

Diagnosis..sounds odd doesn't it? Because perimenopause is a natural stage of life it's moreso it's about identifying whether or not the symptoms you are experiencing are related to perimenopause, or if it's something else. It can be difficult to distinguish the hormonally-based symptoms of perimenopause from more general changes during this time of life, such as children leaving home, changes in relationships or careers, or the death or illness of parents. These events can also cause sleeplessness, stress and anxiety, much like perimenopause can. The symptoms may also be easy to brush off as PMS, so how do you know if what you are experiencing is perimenopause?

A discussion with your doctor will let you know for sure. As a rule of thumb, you are likely to start perimenopause at approximately the same age as your mothers and sisters. Hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, occasional sleeplessness, decreased sex drive and poor concentration are some symptoms of perimenopause.

Sound familiar? The symptoms of perimenopause are very similar to those you may experience during menopause, but often they are less frequent or less severe. However, the most significant symptom of perimenopause is an irregular period. If you are still having "normal", regular periods, you are not likely to be going through perimenopause.

Is it menopause? What to expect when you visit your doctor.
 
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