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49 years old. Got my period gor a second time this month. 10 days apart?

By Anonymous January 24, 2019 - 3:01pm
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Not expecting this/ Crying jags, all other symptoms. Bloat, tender swollen breasts.heacheould this be peri menopause ? I had my annual pap smear in June and it was fine. Just a bit alarming

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Is your period generally regular?

At 49 you are almost certainly in peri-menopause. Symptoms include more frequent periods which can be heavier.

The average length of perimenopause is four years, but for some it lasts only a few months or as long as 10 years. Perimenopause ends the first year after menopause, which is when a woman has gone 12 months without a menstrual cycle.

Many women don't experience any perimenopause symptoms. For others, they can be extremely unpleasant. The following symptoms are signs of perimenopause:

The most common is changes in the menstrual cycle. As ovulation fluctuates, it can be a longer or shorter time between periods and/or irregular flow. Some even skip periods.

Headaches can increase for women in perimenopause.

Hot flashes, sweating and heart palpitations are other symptoms. Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of intense heat over the entire body which can be followed by day or night sweats. The intensity, length and frequency may vary.

Other women skip the heat and have cold flashes and clamminess.

These flashes can cause sleep problems. But sleep can be challenging even without them which can lead to fatigue.

Some women get lumpy breasts or experience breast tenderness. Another symptom is the worsening of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

During perimenopause, sexual arousal and libido may change. Add to that, surveys report 30 to 40 percent of perimenopausal women experience vaginal dryness. When estrogen levels decline, vaginal tissues can lose elasticity and lubrication. This can lead to discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse.

Low estrogen levels may also leave women more vulnerable to urinary or vaginal infections. Loss of tissue tone may also cause urine leakage when coughing or sneezing; urinary urgency and/or frequency.

Dips in estrogen don’t just cause vaginal dryness; dry eyes can be another symptom of perimenopause.

While all of the above may sound like middle age is the worst part of life but bear in mind, most women have only some of these symptoms.

A check of your hormone levels can let you know where you stand.

Menopause is normal part of the female cycle.

Read about how to treat the symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause here (cut as paste):



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