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Re: Doing perimenopause vs. depression

DrSherry

DrSherry
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Nov 23, 2015

Peri-menopause is the time of hormonal confusion. Peri-menopause usually strikes 1-8 years closer to menopause but for others it can happen much earlier. Symptoms are erratic and disruptive. At the same time, the 40’s can be a difficult decade for women---between dealing with challenging teenagers, divorce, changes in self-esteem, body image and other midlife stresses, 40’s are challenging without having any hormonal upheaval. For those unlucky women that start to experience peri-menopause prematurely, symptoms include:

• Irregular, erratic and heavy periods
• Night sweats and hot flashes
• Mood swings with depression and anxiety
• Short term memory loss
• Low sex drive (libido)

How can you tell if it’s peri-menopause verus other medical complications? It’s important to see your health care provide to make sure these symptoms are not due to other medical conditions such as a premenstrual syndrome (PMS), thyroid disorder, depression or early Alzheimer. A thorough medical history, a complete blood panel and a pelvic ultrasound should be performed to make the final diagnosis. If these medical conditions have been properly ruled out than peri-menopause is the most likely diagnosis to explain the symptoms that Angelina is experiencing.

Peri-menopause can be a challenging and confusing time in a woman’s life. Just know that there are helpful remedies and sensible solutions. It’s always best to follow up with your health care provider so you don’t feel as though you are going crazy!

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 1:32 AM

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