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Pre-Menopause Treatment

Pre-menopause is a transition period in which a woman's body adjusts to the changes that accompany menopause. When a woman goes through menopause, she will stop having a period, thereby signifying the end of her fertile phase. This can create hormonal issues which causes many of the symptoms that surround menopause. Low estrogen levels generally have to be regulated at this time in order to provide relief from these symptoms. To learn more about pre-menopause, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.

Should I use hormones to treat pre-menopause?

Menopause is typically defined as a woman's last period which is noted by the lack of a period for one year. However, the effects of menopause can occur for several years before and after menopause. Low estrogen is usually responsible for the symptoms that accompany menopause and can affect each woman differently. When a woman has low estrogen for several years, it can affect the woman's overall health such as bone health, cognitive skills, libido, bladder, vagina, sleep, moods, coronary health and well being. At this stage, an experienced gynecologist can provide the proper Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to provide relief from these issues. Many people are told that heart attack, stroke and breast cancer often accompany HRT. However, depending on a woman’s age, HTR can be safely used for up to 10 years with little risk.

Are irregular periods at the age of 48 a sign of pre-menopause?

Irregular periods at 48 years of age are a typical sign of perimenopause. Perimenopause or pre-menopause is the time between a woman’s regular menstrual cycle and menopause. This transition period can last from several months to several years and can include irregularity in menstrual cycles, ovary issues and stress. If a woman experiences heavy bleeding for extended periods of time, it is also possible for the woman to develop anemia. At this time, with so many changes occurring in a woman's body, a visit to the gynecologist is generally considered a good idea.

If someone at the age of 38 has a missed period but isn’t pregnant, could they be going through pre-menopause?

Pre-menopause or Perimenopause may be the cause of a woman missing a period. However, there could be other issues as well that include thyroid problems, higher prolactin levels from the pituitary gland, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or even a condition resulting from weight loss/gain, anxiety and stress. In order to determine the cause of the missed period, a woman should ideally visit her gynecologist for a proper examination and evaluation. This could include getting a pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound and blood tests that check hormone levels.

Does taking estrogen help with hormones in someone going through pre-menopause?

This would generally help to relieve the symptoms of pre-menopause. Many women also consider taking a birth control pill during this period. Seasonale birth control, for example, provides relief from the symptoms often associated with pre-menopause by providing estrogen replacement for women who only have a period every 2-3 months. This form of birth control typically gives a woman four periods a year. However, the best approach to deciding which method to use would be a visit to a gynecologist who can offer an opinion based on an exam and further evaluation..

Is there a medication that helps with the high body temperature that accompanies pre-menopause?

Generally, most women choose Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to relieve the symptoms, such as high body temperature, associated with menopause. This is a therapy that is usually only needed for a few years to get a woman through the roughest part of menopause when the estrogen levels are low While there are pros and cons to using HRT for pre-menopause, this method is usually one that provides the most relief for women who suffer from high body temperature. Pre-menopause, also known as perimenopause is a period that is generally accompanied by symptoms that are extremely uncomfortable for many women. However, with the right treatment, a woman can get plenty of relief from these symptoms. If you are dealing with pre-menopause or have any questions concerning treatment for pre-menopause, get in touch with an Expert now. They can offer medical insights and options for treatment based on the details of your case.

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