Perimenopause is a term used to describe the period of time when a woman’s body is making a natural transition toward menopause. This doesn’t mean you are starting menopause or that you can no longer get pregnant. You can still become pregnant during perimenopause. It simply means that your body is beginning to release irregular levels of estrogen during your cycles. During your peak reproductive years, your body releases estrogen at a normal pattern throughout your regular cycle, with the most estrogen released at the time of ovulation. Perimenopause differs from your regular cycle in that the amount of estrogen released becomes uneven from month-to-month, making your cycle and symptoms more unpredictable.
This transition from peak reproductivity to perimenopause happens at different ages for different women, and can last anywhere from a few to ten years. This period of time is marked by a variety of different symptoms for women, and can include irregular menstruation, hot flashes, sleep problems, mood changes, increased urinary infections, decreased fertility, fatigue, fragile bones or a propensity towards osteoporosis, and other complaints. The severity of the symptoms is different for each woman and can vary from cycle to cycle. For some women the symptoms are severe and make cycles much more challenging and unpleasant.
There are some things you can do on your own to help lessen the symptoms and feel better. Focusing on your general health and well-being by exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol, and taking calcium are all great ways to stay healthy during perimenopause and hopefully lessen the symptoms. But for some women, these things are not enough to help with the severity of their perimenopause symptoms.
The Ashford Center specializes in treating women who are experiencing perimenopause and can help alleviate heavy periods and unpleasant symptoms associated with this natural transition. If your symptoms are severe or even if your are simply tired of dealing with the burden of a monthly cycle, The Ashford Center can help! We’ve helped thousands of womens in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s to stop their periods and their perimenopause and PMS symptoms. Give us a call at 706-353-2550 or schedule your appointment online.