Perimenopause and How It Affects Your Body

Perimenopause – the time leading up to your final menstrual period ever – can last up to several years.

Perimenopause – the time leading up to your final menstrual period ever – can last up to several years. During this time – according to OB-GYN Montgomery County Dr. Rania Ibrahim – menstrual cycles may be heavier or lighter than normal, and may appear for shorter or longer intervals.

During this time a woman’s hormone levels can swing dramatically and shooting higher and dipping lower than they did during your reproductive years. These fluctuations can explain some of the annoying symptoms that women deal with, including mood swings, intensified anxiety, irritability, trouble concentrating and difficulty sleeping, along with the more familiar symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats.

If you’ve noticed changes in your waistline, you’re not alone. Your OB-GYN Montgomery County finds that weight gain and redistribution- especially around the waistline – can also be problematic and is influenced by several factors such as aging, changes in hormones, activity level, and diet. Vaginal dryness can occur even before menopause and can lead to discomfort during sexual activity.

Your OB-GYN Montgomery County’s Tips To Reduce The Impact Of These Changes

  • Maintain a healthy weight by figuring out the new balance and make changes where needed.
  • Exercise regularly to help you maintain your weight, relieve stress, and improve your overall health.
  • Try a yoga or tai chi class, meditation, acupuncture or a massage to lower your level of stress.
  • Promote a positive attitude.
  • Avoid causes for hot flashes such as caffeine, warm beverages, alcohol, and tobacco. Dressing in layers and using a fan can help keep you cool.
  • Use a vaginal lubricant to provide comfort during sexual activity.

Seek advice from your OB-GYN Montgomery County if:

  • You experience heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding;
  • You are experiencing significant and persistent mood changes;
  • Hot flashes and night sweats are particularly troublesome;
  • Sexual activity is painful.

While the changes associated with perimenopause can catch you off guard, you can take steps to make it a smooth transition and your OB-GYN Montgomery County is here to help. Call the office of Dr. Rania Ibrahim today to schedule a consultation and let’s get you feeling normal!