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Your periods are changing. They are coming closer together, and then farther apart, with more bleeding or less, more cramps or less and now you're passing clots. You may find your sleep is disturbed. You wake at 2 or 3 or 4 a.m. and are wide-awake, unable to get back to sleep. And your moods are suddenly an issue! Irritability, impatience, short fuse...weepiness, low mood, lack of interest and motivation.
At your annual check-up you ask if these changes could be a signal of hormone change and you hear: "You're too young; it can't be perimenopause. You're still having periods; it can't be perimenopause. Your FSH isn't elevated; it's not your hormones. You're just depressed; it's not your hormones. You're just stressed; it's not you hormones."
Well the fact is it may just be your hormones ! Women's levels of reproductive hormones, estrogen-progesterone-testosterone, begin to change anytime from the age 35 on. The word menopause actually means "end of the monthli...
Driving a car to the local mechanic to get it fixed is not the same thing as taking the human body into surgery; although, this "fix-it" attitude drives patients and surgeons alike towards surgical solutions. Lately, a growing number of people are undergoing low back surgery . A recent study examined the relationship between patient expectations and the actual outcomes from lumbar spine surgery. Because pre-surgical expectations do not always equate to the actual results, how can a person judge whether or not a surgery was successful? How can one predict surgical success?
Understanding the primary reasons for seeking surgical solutions is the first step towards discussing the likelihood of success. The top three causes for patients wanting lumbar surgery are: 1#, other therapies have failed to help; 2#, the pain is unbearable; 3#, walking has become difficult. Based on these reasons to see a surgeon, patients come to the operating room harboring certain expectations. Patients wa...
Perimenopause is the stage leading up to menopause. It can begin anytime after age 35 and lasts for an average of 4 years, however, for some women, this stage can be only a few months or could last much longer than 4 years. During perimenopause, hormonal fluctuations can cause irritability, mood swings, weight gain, anxiety and an increase in headaches.
Another symptom can be a decreased sex drive . This symptom can be frustrating and disappointing. For some, it can interfere with your relationship. Because perimenopause can begin years before menopause starts, you may not realize what is going on and why you suddenly have less interest in a sexual relationship. Make sure if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed or your libido is lower than it was previously, talk with your doctor. There are tests that can be done to find out if you are entering the perimenopause stage.
Why Sexual Drive Decreases
During perimenopause, a number of changes in your body begi...
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