Also known as menopause-transition or climateric, perimenopause symptoms can come up even early in life. According to data from My Second Spring, they can last for a period between 4 and 8 years, and they are your first sign that menopause-related problems are on the horizon.
But what is the real significance of this period, and why should you even be aware of it? Aside from being an important transition from fertility to the later period of your life, it’s also fraught with dangers that could lead to long term health problems possibly affecting your entire body.
The Risk of Leaving the Problem Unchecked
Perimenopause-related issues should not be taken lightly. Although this is only the period leading to menopause-induced infertility and health concerns, stopping health concerns from evolving now can lead to better health later on.
On the other hand, leaving the matter unchecked can lead you to severe depression and anxiety, lack of energy, cardiovascular problems, increased chances of infection, osteoporosis and even cancer.
Symptoms You Should Check for
It is essential to keep close track of all your symptoms in this period. While some are merely bothersome, others can lead to severe health problems down the line:
- Low estrogen can lead to serious urinary and vaginal problems that can lead to further complications later on. The most important things to look out for are incontinence and urinary tract infections.
- Loss of bone is also a possibility when your estrogen levels are low. You may find you’re starting to lose bone integrity faster than you can replenish it, which can lead to severe osteoporosis later in life.
- Changes in cholesterol level should be monitored on a regular basis. Increased amounts of “bad” LDL cholesterol may lead to cardiovascular and heart health problems.
- Finally, don’t underestimate your mood changes and mood swings. According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk of depression is highest when you fail to use the right perimenopause treatment.
Making sure you use the best treatments and precautionary measures will help you get through this period in good health and avoid any long term difficulties.