Much as many women try tiptoeing around the subject, they will, at some point in life, find themselves smack in the middle of middle age, facing symptoms that leave them feeling less than sane and often even uncomfortable in their skin. And while it might be easy to simplify “the change” as one major storm of issues that hit all at once, there are various stages of menopause that a woman will experience as her body cycles through the end phases of her reproductive years to take her into the golden ones. Not that those golden years need to be thought of in the stricter sense of age. But depending on how you look at things, getting through menopause can be a time to celebrate, a time when life can become golden. The helpful thing is to know the stages and recognizes things as they come so that you know when you are in early menopause or have reached the end of the line.
Early Glimpses of Change
Early menopause, or perimenopause, is a transition period that occurs several years before menopause. Perimenopause age begins during a woman’s 40s, but some women start early menopause in their 30s. The true indicator that a woman has entered early menopause is that her ovaries have begun to make less estrogen, and this specific stage lasts anywhere from a few months to a number of years until the ovaries completely stop releasing eggs and menstruation has not occurred for 12 months. In the last one to two years, perimenopausal women experience symptoms very similar to those of menopause.
Early menopause symptoms include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Discomfort during intercourse
- Hot flashes
- Increased PMS
- Increased urgency and frequency for urination
- Irregular periods
- Low libido
- Light bladder leakage
- Mood swings
- Tenderness in the breasts
- Vaginal dryness
Once a Urogynecology expert has properly diagnosed perimenopause, treatment options may be explored. Depending on your specific symptoms, some women may find solutions to some issues such as vaginal dryness or light bladder leakage with laser vaginal rejuvenation using diVa® laser vaginal therapy, which will resurface the vaginal tissues and strengthen the structure of the vaginal walls. Other treatments your urogynecologist may consider beneficial include hormone use, lifestyle changes, dietary changes, or weight loss.
At Coyle Institute, we have years of expertise in treating women in all stages of menopause to provide them with effective ways of living their lives to the fullest and feeling their very best.
Enjoy every stage of your life as a woman! Call the caring team of women’s healthcare experts at Coyle Institute to learn more about early menopause today!