Perimenopause

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What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause marks the interval when a woman's body begins its transition into menopause. During this time a woman may experience various symptoms including irregular periods, vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, and vaginal dryness.

Common symptoms reported by people with perimenopause

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with perimenopause

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
perimenopause (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with perimenopause, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with perimenopause

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior blurry vision 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
apathy deadened emotions 7 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Perceived effectiveness
for perimenopause (3 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue vaginal bleeding
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
perimenopause (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
for stress (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with perimenopause, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has perimenopause on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 5
40s 100
50s 115
60s 5
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 40
40-49 years 68
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2
Female 225

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 80
Not Diagnosed 41

These charts show data from perimenopause patients who have completed their condition history
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