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Am I perimenopausal?

By January 28, 2010 - 10:44am
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I think I am having hot flashes. My face gets really warm, red and I get a headache. About 3 yrs ago I got really moody, so much so I couldn't stand myself. My periods became irregular and the the doctor put me back on birthcontrol. I have also been taking B vitamins, this seems to be really helping with the moods. I have horrible acne, almost like boils.

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Hi Cassandra,

Sounds like Perimenopause to me! (this is a great thing, we don't want to be moody for no good reason).

From EmpowHer.com: "It is characterized by a gradual decrease in progesterone and estrogen, but hormone fluctuations are common. This period can last from 3-10 years before menopause. Some women have many symptoms during this period, others few. Irregular menstrual cycles are the most common first sign. Other common symptoms are PMS-like symptoms (bloating, breast tenderness), hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and changes in the breasts. Anovulatory menstrual cycles are common, and women should watch for bleeding between periods."

For more reading on Perimenopause visit these great articles:

Hope this helps!

January 28, 2010 - 12:10pm
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