Perimenopause: How to Prepare for Menopause
The years leading up to menopause are referred to as perimenopause. Your menstrual periods will start to change and may become irregular as your body prepares for menopause. For most women, perimenopause will begin in your 30s or 40s.
As you enter this phase, it’s a good idea to connect with your Premier Women’s Health of Minnesota provider. We’ll review what you can expect leading up to menopause and how we can best care for you during this time. This is also a great opportunity to ask us any questions you have about your reproductive health.
Managing Menopausal Symptoms
Menopause is a natural phase that every woman will experience in her life. As your body navigates these changes, you may experience some related symptoms. Some of the more common menopausal symptoms include:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Difficulty concentrating
Your provider can make recommendations for managing your specific menopausal symptoms. Treatments may range from medications to lubricants to hormone therapy. Your symptoms should not prevent you from living life the way you want, and our providers are here to help you have a smooth transition to menopause.
What Can I Expect Post-Menopause?
Our healthcare providers continue to care for you after your reproductive years. Post-menopause, women are more at risk for some conditions, like osteoporosis. Your provider will perform routine screenings such as bone density tests, mammograms, and physical exams as well as support your health with personalized recommendations based on your needs.
Discuss Menopausal Care with Your Healthcare Provider
At Premier Women’s Health of Minnesota, our providers are here to support women through the changes that come with menopause and perimenopause. If you are beginning to experience the symptoms of perimenopause, reach out to us today to make an appointment with your dedicated provider.