As far as we know, one of the stages of menopause is perimenopause, a time of transition for women at midlife. That is why, most Women want to know whether they are starting this incredible change. Besides that, we think it's necessary that women know the accuracy of a clinical examination in identifying and diagnosing perimenopausal. In this text we are going to find which he best predictors are to know if we are already going through perimenopause.
Perimenopause, or menopause transition, is the stage of a woman's reproductive life that begins several years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in the 30s as well.
Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last one to two years of perimenopause, this decline in estrogen accelerates. At this stage, many women experience menopausal symptoms.
We have different ways to discard if we are in perimenopause stage.
Self-assessment: Several criteria are associated with menopausal symptoms.
Laboratory tests: Several laboratory tests have been used to diagnose women's menopausal status.
In a recent research Dr. Bastian from The Department of Internal Medicine, and Drs. Nanda and Smith from the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Duke University discovered that the prior probability of perimenopause is directly related to a woman's age. After considering age, the following yielded the greatest positive likelihood ratios are: self assessment, specifically symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and high follicle-stimulating hormone levels.
In conclusion, current evidence suggests that no single item in the history or laboratory tests can definitively determine perimenopause. Clinicians should diagnose perimenopause based on patient's age and menstrual history without relying on laboratory test results.
A better understanding of how your body works will help you cope with hormonal fluctuations.
Detecting symptoms of hormonal imbalance can prevent you from developing serious conditions.
Implement simple lifestyle changes and natural approaches to prevent, manage, and relieve symptoms.