Chicago residents discover the difference between symptoms of perimenopause and menopause
The physicians of Northwestern Women’s Health Associates in Chicago offer services for women including well visits, obstetrics, and gynecology care. Our services include information on symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause. It can last eight to ten years. Although it typically begins in the early 40s, some women experience perimenopause in their 30s. As estrogen levels drop, it is important to remember that women in perimenopause still have periods and can become pregnant. Perimenopause ends once a woman enters menopause.
Symptoms of perimenopause may include:
- Breast tenderness
- Worsening PMS
- Irregular periods
- A change in periods, lighter or heavier than usual
- Symptoms of menopause occur in the last one to two years
Irregular periods are a normal part of perimenopause. This is caused by loss of regular ovulation or midcycle passage of the egg. With lowering estrogen levels, and change in hormone levels the about symptoms can occur. If you are concerned or have changes in menstrual bleeding, contact your doctor to rule out other causes of abnormal bleeding such as hormonal imbalances or fibroids.
Menopause is a natural part of the aging process. Women who have their ovaries removed may enter early menopause. However, for most women, menopause begins in the late 40s to early 50s. It marks the end of a woman’s reproductive period as the ovaries no longer release eggs or produce most of their estrogen. The woman no longer has monthly periods and cannot become pregnant. Menopause is confirmed once a woman has been period-free for a year.
Women may experience:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- An urge to urinate
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings, irritability, depression
Menopause is a normal, natural part of aging. There may be uncomfortable side effects but they can be effectively managed.
If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, call (312) 440-9400 today.