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Ladies, did peri-menopause cause an increase in PMS?

Asked by SuperMouse (30785points) April 1st, 2013

I have never had much of a problem with PMS, but over the past couple of years it has been getting steadily worse. The only thing I can think of that might be responsible is that I am approaching menopause. Has anyone experienced an increase in PMS with peri-menopause? Any tips for dealing with it or improving the situation?

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Coloma's avatar

Yes, the 6 years before the final showdown was insane. ( 43–49.5 )
Periods going from every 2 weeks to every other month, hot flashes galore, random breast pain, sometimes only one. haha’
Then, after 2–3 years of weirdness I settled into an every other month cycle, then every 3rd month, 4th month..and FINALLY…the end. I am 4 years out…now orgasms are feeble and desire os low…but no hormones for me.
Who cares..I have more than enough great sex to last a lifetime. lol

JLeslie's avatar

I know two women who complained of pretty bad PMS during peri-menopause when they never previously had much of anything related to their cycle, except for maybe some cramps or bloating during their period. They mostly talked about having more of a temper and less patience than anything else. They might have also had other symptoms though, I don’t know.

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t blame my occasional crankieness on hormones, I blame it on the fact that I am old enough to scrap the idealism of youth and look at this crazy world with clear vision. That is enough to make anyone, male or female, grumpy!

gailcalled's avatar

For me there was no change in PMS, but my periods got more difficult, heavier and with more cramping. I finally stopped – on a dime – just after my 57th birthday. Enough already.

Standard tips; heat, advil, rest, isolation, afternoon soap operas and chicken soup.

tedibear's avatar

Yes. My PMS moved to PMDD and I take Prozac for it. It helps, and am glad to not be a complete mess for those two weeks. That was the other thing that happened with peri-menopause; the time frame for the emotional part of the PMDD has gone from one week to almost two.

marinelife's avatar

Yes, it did.

Arewethereyet's avatar

I never had PMS until after the birth of my second child, I fed her for 2 years then whammy it hit. Not linked perimenopausally as I’m not there yet ( ha get it Are we there yet) but I’m hoping it doesn’t get worse.

memarodriguez's avatar

Absolutely! More pain, more moodiness, more necessary chocolate, the whole shabang. The best part is that it usually goes on for years, until menopause is completely over. Enjoy….Not. lol

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