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Symptoms of Peri-menopause

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What are the symptoms of peri-menopause?

You may have a lot or a few.

Besides irregular periods and hot flashes, there are several other symptoms. You may have many of them or only a few. They may be entirely manageable. Or, you may be one of the 20 percent of women whose symptoms are severe enough that you can’t function well at home or at work without help. We’ll talk about some solutions later. Here are the most common symptoms:

How long do symptoms of peri-menopause last?

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Most women have symptoms for a year or two.

Your ovaries begin producing less consistent levels of estrogen when you are in your thirties. From that point on, you may begin having some symptoms of estrogen withdrawal (for example, irregular periods, insomnia, headaches, etc.), even though full menopause may be more than ten years away. Hot flashes may continue for up to five years for less than a quarter of women. However, most women experience the major symptoms for only a year or two.

What can I do about symptoms of menopause?

Start with the basics.

The general health tips listed below can have a positive effect on many of the symptoms of perimenopause. You’ve probably heard them all before, but they are even more important now. Following these tips can help relieve some of the bothersome symptoms of menopause and may make a significant difference in the quality of your life for the 20+ years following menopause.

Are there other things I can do to help?

Tips for special problems of perimenopause.

In addition to health tips we’ve already mentioned, here are some additional suggestions that may help with the symptoms of perimenopause.

Hot Flashes

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Insomnia

Vaginal Dryness/Infections

Urinary Incontinence/Urinary Tract Infections

The Kegel Exercise

  1. While urinating, try to start and stop of the flow of urine by tightening your pelvic floor muscles — then release.
  2. Tighten (stop the flow) for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat 10 times.
  3. Repeat 5 to 10 times a day and when you urinate.

Make this a daily habit. You can do Kegels anywhere. Do them in the car at a stoplight, watching TV, or when you’re on the phone. It may take a few months of Kegel exercises before the incontinence stops. If you stop doing Kegels, your incontinence will probably return.

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