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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...
Approaching menopause provides all kinds of new experiences – like figuring out that you may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I got my wake-up call (literally) when I would started coughing and choking in the middle of the night. Marcia Menter in a recent More article entitled “How I Checked Out of the Heartburn Hotel” described the feeling as a “bad postnasal drip.”
So what causes this reaction? Menter noted that the lower escophageal sphincter loses its ability to keep the stomach contents in place right. This often happens right as women reach perimenopause or menopause. When the sphincter relaxes at the wrong time, digestive acid backs up into the esophagus.
So how can you prevent GERD from messing with your beauty sleep? One way is to look at your diet. I recently wrote a sharepost for HealthCentral’s diet and fitness site about what foods you should consider removing from your diet in order to avoid acid reflux . For inst...
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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