Written by: Rita Kyurklyan
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When To See a Doctor for Perimenopause
Perimenopause is a serious and sometimes scary change in a woman’s life that can happen gradually or be life-altering. Your once very balanced hormones are now imbalanced and creating new symptoms requiring you to adjust your day-to-day life.
With these new changes you may be wondering when do you need to see a doctor? While it is always a good idea to let your doctor know about any changes you’re going through in life, you might not feel the need to even tell them of the changes if your symptoms are light and don’t affect you negatively. Some symptoms are completely normal such as irregular periods, hot flashes, trouble sleeping at night, and mood changes. However, these symptoms have varying intensities and if they affect your quality of life, reach out to your doctors to let them know and they will help you figure out ways to cope with your new symptoms.
It’s Okay to Ask for Help
Doctors are here to help so don’t feel ashamed or shy to reach out and ask for help. If you feel that you cannot go on with your normal day-to-day life because you’re in pain, feel constantly exhausted, or just have lost sight of who you are contact your doctor.
Tracking Your Symptoms
To help doctors figure out the best way to treat your perimenopause symptoms keep a log of your symptoms so they know what you are dealing with and how often. If you are able to keep track of your periods that is of great help for doctors as well. The more information you are able to provide your doctor the better care they can provide for you.
Symptoms to Look Out For
Even if you are not facing life altering symptoms, keeping a log of your period is still important because according to the Mayo Clinic there are certain symptoms in period frequencies that raise concern and you should definitely seek immediate medical help. These symptoms are:
- Bleeding extremely heavy — you’re changing tampons or pads every hour or two for two or more hours
- Bleeding longer than seven days
- Bleeding between periods (spotting)
- Periods regularly occur less than 21 days apart
- Experience spotting after sex
It is important to note that hormonal changes during menopause can cause dramatic mood changes and if you suffer from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety they may temporarily worsen during perimenopause. In cases such as this please notify your doctor of any mood changes so they may adjust your medication and treatment plan accordingly.
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