Can A Swollen Armpit Lymph Node Be A Perimenopausal Symptom?

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Can A Swollen Armpit Lymph Node Be A Perimenopausal Symptom?

Is there any association with a single swollen armpit lymph node and perimenopause or irregular periods? My most recent mammogram came back normal. As I am in the throes of perimenopause, I am wondering if any connections have been made with estrogen levels and lymph nodes?

Answer

Perimenopause, the time span women go through between having regular periods and ending their menstrual cycle for good, comes with a number of side effects. These can include sleeplessness; irregular, widely spaced periods; heavier menstrual bleeding, and mood swings, among others. All of this is due to fluctuations in hormone levels.

The main reason you'd experience swollen lymph nodes - infection - has nothing to do with perimenopause, however.  Lymph nodes can swell any time they're working to fight an infection somewhere in your body.

Keep in mind that most women have some breast tissue extending into the armpit area, and that tissue could change from the hormone fluctuations of perimenopause. Would you experience that as a swollen lymph node? Possibly.  Please read our post on armpit lumps for more information on this.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson