Re: perimenopause symptoms and questions...........
I'm sorry that you're going through this at such an early age. I am 50 and my issues with hot flashes and night sweats started a couple of years ago...at least it feels "normal" for my age! It must be tough for you.
A few suggestions. Don't concern yourself about how to convince others of your perimenopause. These are your symptoms and your body and you've got no one to convince. However I strongly advise you, don't allow your symptoms to become who you are. I so agree, it is so difficult to wake up several times each night drenched in sweat and then it's tough to go back to sleep. It's no fun to feel hormonal and agitated throughout the day. Yet you are so much more than this, so don't desire that people feel badly for you. It doesn't matter...you'll still be uncomfortable!! (I know, I've tried it, LOL)
You can go on synthetic hormone replacement, but that is not without its risks. You can try black cohosh with soy flavonoids...they worked for me for a handful of months and that was a blessing.
Keep a change of clothes, a glass of water, a towel and a washcloth near your bed. Wipe your bed, put on fresh clothes, cool yourself with a drink and then breathe and relax yourself back to sleep. Yes, it stinks to have these symptoms but we have to battle through to save our sanity!
I'm no doctor but I was interested to see that your periods are missed on alternate months. Have you ever had an ultrasound? If it were me I'd like to be reassured that my ovaries look good.
Take yoga, pray, or do some other kind of restful meditation. Wear your clothing in layers so that you can peel them off. Buy a small electric fan...
I could not survive work if I didn't have mine. And when you feel a hot flash or night sweat, try not to freak out or feel victimized by it. I know that when I do I feel SO much worse. This too shall pass, Sweets!!
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