It's official. I saw my OB/GYN yesterday and I'm officially in perimenopause. The biggest surprise for me is that I thought this would be a gradual transition, but for me it has been like night and day. My symptoms started about 6-8 weeks ago, and they are fairly intense. The symptoms came on all at once.
The reason I made the visit yesterday is because I've been having extreme mood swings, and I wanted to sort out if they are hormonally based or psychologically based. Her vote is hormonally based. I'm trying out a very low dose of a HRT to see what happens. I cannot live for the next few years the way I've been feeling for last few months, and my provider feels that based on my history of repeated clinical depression, it's not a good idea to try to tough it out.