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Peri Menopause: Are The Signs Of Menopause Different?

Jul 27, 2008
The signs and symptoms of peri menopause and menopause. Either word can strike dread in the hearts and minds of all women. Unfortunately, every woman's life will change from the one she has known since puberty. What are the signs and symptoms of menopause and what can you do to prepare for them.

The average age when most women begin to experience meno pause or early menopause is usually somewhere between the ages of 40 and 49. It can strike at anytime beyond the age of 30. Lots of women discover that they begin menopause around the same age as their mothers did but not in all cases.

There are exceptions to this of course and one of those is if you have had both ovaries and uterus removed. In this case "surgical menopause" occurs as hormone production ceases. If only the ovaries remain after surgery then more often than not the gradual process of menopause takes place.

Menopause is usually preceded by what is called Peri menopause. As a woman ages, her ovaries gradually begin to produce less and less of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. This process can be slight at first and symptoms mild.

When this occurs changes in the menstrual cycle begin quite often with skipped periods or they may even occur closer together. Your flow will become more noticeably lighter or heavier and most often are accompanied by hot flashes.

Hot flashes usually begin with a warm feeling starting in your chest and with wave like sensations pulsate into your head. You may experience a redding of your skin and begin to sweat.

Other symptoms which may occur with hot flashes may also include nausea and dizziness. Some woman experience headaches and rapid heartbeat.

If hot flashes occur at night, night sweats and trouble sleeping may produce tiredness the next day making the whole process even more miserable.

Quite often emotional symptoms also occur which can include sadness, tiredness, anxiety, frustration and others. Seeing your physician is your best defense against these types of symptoms. There are treatments available that can help alleviate these symptoms and help make them more tolerable.

Peri menopause and menopause itself is a gradual process and can take several years to get through. Most women find that menopause has ended when no period has taken place for at least 12 months. A simple blood test performed by your doctor can help you determine what stage of menopause you are in.

Not all women experience the same symptoms or the duration of menopause. For some the process is relatively quick and symptoms minor but for most the process can be a time of discomfort and frustration.

The good news is that there are a ton of new and exciting product available today both natural and prescribed that can have a huge effect on how you get through menopause. Treatments also include hormone replacement therapy and these should be discussed with your doctor to experience the results you desire.
About the Author
To find out all the tips, tricks and latest information on menopause and it's causes as well as all the latest treament options available make certain you visit Barry Crewse's cutting edge site Menopause Signs And Symptoms. Remember, information is power so power up!
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