Perimenopause can cause a wide array of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Some of the most common symptoms of perimenopause include:
Some women will have many symptoms, while others will have very few symptoms before their periods finally end. Women who experience any of these symptoms should schedule an office visit to ensure that it’s menopause and not another underlying issue that’s causing the symptoms.
Menopause itself can’t be treated or cured, but the symptoms can. Some women opt for treatments designed to address specific symptoms, like vaginal creams to reduce dryness and irritation and reduce pain during intercourse.
Other women choose hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT replaces some of the hormones naturally produced by the body with synthetic hormones designed to relieve multiple symptoms. HRT may also help women reduce their risks for osteoporosis and heart disease, both of which become more common once a woman is in menopause.
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