Peri Menopause

Peri menopause Upper East Side, NY

Many women complain of symptoms of menopause much earlier than they expected to have them. How could that be? The reason is a natural precursor of what women used to call "the change," or menopause. That natural precursor is peri-menopause, or "the change before the change. If you're dealing with peri menopause symptoms, OB/GYN specialist, Dr. Laura Corio can help. What does peri-menopause involve, and what does it mean for you?

Exactly what is peri-menopause?

All women go through it to varying degrees. Typically, it begins about ten years before actual menopause when a woman's reproductive hormones diminish, her ovaries cease releasing eggs and she no longer has a monthly period. Menopausal women complain of physical and emotional changes that may last for several years. The problems include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Irritability
  • Memory fuzziness
  • Fatigue
  • Heavy, light or spotty menstruation
  • Headaches
  • Itchy skin
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Diminished libido

As noted by Harvard Health, some of these symptoms may start as early as a woman's forties. Also, as her progesterone levels drop, so does the ability to conceive. Additionally, peri-menopausal women may have lighter or heavier periods as her hormonal levels fluctuate.

Coping with the change before the change
Dr. Corio encourages her patients to come into her office to discuss any uncomfortable or worrisome symptoms and to have a complete gynecological examination. Often, patients do not realize that there are many common sense and medical help available to make this life transition easier to tolerate.
Additionally, women should understand that while peri-menopause and menopause are normal and natural parts of the aging process, certain health risks can develop at this time and should be protected against.
They include:

  • Thinning bones and hair
  • Decreased libido
  • Thinning of vaginal walls
  • Changes in cardiac health due to reduction in estrogen levels
  • Structural breast changes and increased risk for breast cancer
  • Psychological and emotional adjustments to the aging process

Treatments for these discomforts
While hormonal therapies remain an option for both peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms, less risky interventions are best and work well as part of an individualized care plan. Daily exercise, a healthy, low-fat diet, vaginal lubricants and a consistent sleep pattern ease the discomforts of peri-menopause.

Find out more
Dr. Laura Corio and her caring team look forward to caring for women's health at every stage of life, including the years during which reproductive health presents new challenges. Call our Upper East Side, NY office to learn more about peri-menopause or any other topic related to women's health (646) 422-0730.

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