The perimenopause is the time leading to the menopause, which is classed as the date when you have gone a full 12 months without a period.
The perimenopause can last several years and usually begins in your 40s and 50s, however it can start in your 30s. Whilst there can be several symptoms during the perimenopause, each woman is different and may experience some or many of the symptoms.
So what are the symptoms of the perimenopause? Some symptoms can be physical, psychological digestive or even nervous system problems. You could become more emotional, sleep problems may start, you could become more forgetful and start having brain fog, headaches may plague you. In addition, you may have gained weight and be suffering with digestive changes.
Some common symptoms that you may have heard of are:-
– hot flushes and night sweats
– mood swings
– changes in your periods
– vaginal dryness
– urinary incontinence
– loss of libido
– difficulty concentrating
– weight gain
– hair loss
– irregular heartbeat
– aches and pains
– anxiety and also stress can be a symptom for some women
– Acne can occur too
– Pains such as breast pain, joint pain, burning tongue and itchy skin can also be symptoms which can point to you being in the perimenopause.
If you are in your 40s or 50s and experiencing some of the perimenopause symptoms, chances are you are indeed going through the perimenopause due to fluctuating hormones. However, it is always best to consult your doctor so that they can make a diagnosis, help with any treatments and ensure that there are no other underlying health issues.