You sound like me (sigh). I just had my hormonal bloodwork ran for the first time. All I want to do is feel better. Unfortunately, though, right now it's an accomplishment just to get out of bed every day and make it through the day to evening. Doctor has been no help either , check out my 'Oasis Serene' thread. Take care, and good luck to you.
Last edited by kittywitty; 01-22-2009 at 08:25 PM.
to get it into perspective though, not ALL women suffer ALL symptoms ALL the time. most women suffer some symptoms sometimes, on and off. 10 years sounds a long time, but for maybe the first 5 you may only have a couple of symptoms (pms, heavy, irregular periods, etc) occasionally. then as menopause ges nearer, these may change and you'll get something else.
so please don't go thinking you're in for 10 years of torture because in all liklihood you're not - unless you're very, very unfortunate.
writeleft, perimenopause is the years leading up to menopause. if you don't ever have another period then you're actually in menopause now, not peri. when you've gone 12 months without a period then you're post menopausal. if you do get another period then you're still in peri until you go the required 12 (or so) months without one. hope i explained it clearly.
The way I understand Peri and Menopause is: Menopause is the point when she has not had a menstrual period for 1 year. Perimenopause is the process of change that leads up to menopause. It can start as early as your late 30s or as late as your early 50s. Usually it lasts from 2 to 8 years. You may have irregular periods or other symptoms during this time. Post Menopause is after your symptoms have mostly gone away. But I could be wrong in my understanding.
I would have to say that the symptoms change from Peri to Menopause. I suppose it is possible to have the same all the time though. Most women I know seem to have less problems after entering Menopause.
julie, you could very well be right, but as i understand it 'menopause' is nothing to do with symptoms stopping, it's the actual stopping of the periods. many ladies haven't had a period for years but may still get some symptoms, but they are still considered to be post menopausal, not perimenopausal or 'in menopause'.
i'm 3 years without a period, still get a few symptoms, but am definately post menopausal.