Did you hear that 40 is the new 30? At least, that is what they say. However, if you are 40 or older and are suffering from some common health complaints, you may not agree. There are a variety of health issues that seem to plague women between the ages of 40 and 50 including hot flashes, sleep problems, moodiness, depression, fatigue, anxiety and heavy menstrual periods/cramping. Some of these are simply a product of our busy lives. Others have to do with the hormonal changes that occur at Perimenopause. Perimenopause refers to the period of time leading up to Menopause and can last as long as eight to ten years. During this time, your body is gearing itself up for Menopause, the time when the menstrual period ceases altogether. The hormonal changes and fluctuations associated with Perimenopause can causes a myriad of symptoms. Some are simply nuisances and others make it difficult to work and deal with the stresses of everyday life.
If you are experiencing these symptoms or others and think it may be due to hormonal changes, talk to your OBGYN today. After a thorough evaluation, he or she can recommend the most suitable treatment to help you find relief. Your OBGYN may recommend lifestyle modifications to help you manage your symptoms. Or, he or she may prescribe a hormonal treatment. There are also a variety of herbal supplements that can be used to treat the symptoms of Perimenopause. If heavy periods and/or menstrual cramping is negatively affecting your life and you are finished with childbearing, your OBGYN may recommend a Hydrothermal Ablation procedure. The bottom line is that there are a lot of options than can be used to make this period of your life a little more enjoyable.
Don’t let Perimenopause keep you from enjoying your forties. Instead, schedule an appointment with your OBGYN today.
Posted on behalf of Carlos Alarcon, M.D., Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.