Perimenopause can be compared to a thief at night. It just creeps quietly without you noticing its there. Before you know it, it has already stolen one of your most prized possessions, your normalcy.
Contrary to the common belief of most people, its pretty usual for women to have 1 to 2 irregular periods within a year. However, if you have experience more than that number, then you should really take the time to know the different possible causes. One of which is stress. If you try to consult a doctor about this kind of problem and she says that theres nothing wrong with you, then theres a huge chance that youre already entering perimenopause.
The monthly period of women is actually the first sign of this dreadful stage. Perimenopause bleeding may vary. This can be in the form of short to long cycles and can be a very light to a really heavy flow. Lets look at how menses work. During the first 10 to 13 days of a normal menstrual cycle, the only hormone thats produced is estrogen. During ovulation, the female reproductive system starts to produce progesterone. If pregnancy doesnt occur, the bodys going to stop producing both estrogen and progesterone. When this time comes, menstruation will occur. Through this, hormonal balance is achieved by the female human body.
Women who are in their late 30s or early 40s still make estrogen. However, progesterone has a different story for them because by this time the body already produces lesser amounts of this hormone. If a woman misses ovulation, this means that progesterone wasnt produced by her body. This is where hormonal imbalance steps in. Most of the symptoms of perimenopause are brought about by estrogen dominance. These symptoms include low libido, weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, memory loss, and uterine fibroids.
If you want to prepare yourself for perimenopause, you can do so by asking your mother when she had her first menstrual period or menarche. Theres a really good chance that you will also experience menarche during the same age as your mother. If this is the case, then you will also experience perimenopause during the same age as your mother did.
Irregular bleeding isn’t something that should be a cause of great concern except for the following:
1. Bleeding that lasts for more than 2 weeks.
2. Bleeding that takes place after the absence of bleeding for 6 months except if pregnancy took place so you have to make sure that youre not pregnant.
3. A period that requires you to change your pads on an hourly basis.
4. If youre someone whos high risk because of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high susceptibility for uterine cancer. If this is your case, it would be best for you to consult a doctor.
Before treatment can be given, you first need to go through some tests. Hysteroscopy is the most common choice of a lot of doctors because this will allow them to directly check a woman’s uterus so that they can determine if foreign bodies are present in there.