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Urogynecologist, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgeon
Menopause and Peri-menopause
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For women the women menopause is a natural part of aging and is defined as 1 year without periods. On average this happens at about age 50. It is considered early age 40-45 and premature before age 40.
The perimenopause indicate the most highly symptomatic years which can be up to 10 years for some women! The most obvious symptom include irregular periods – longer, shorter, more or less frequent. But it is important to recognize the other symptoms of menopause/perimenopause:
- Fatigue/ lack of energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced mental focus, memory and Brain fog
- Mood swings, anxiety and depression (or exacerbation)
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Stubborn weight gain
- Inability to lose weight, despite diet and activity
- Decreased muscle strength
- Joint pain and muscle pain
- Reduced Sexual desire