Signs of Perimenopause

Perimenopause will usually begin several years before menopause, often when a woman is in her late 30s 40s. Perimenopause is the time when your ovaries will gradually begin to produce less oestrogen. Perimenopause can last any time from a few months to a decade, depending on the individual.

Towards the end of perimenopause, symptoms are likely to increase. In the final two years of perimenopause, a woman’s drop in oestrogen will speed up, which will cause menopausal symptoms in most individuals.

Below are a list of symptoms you may experience while in perimenopause:

  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Urine leakage when sneezing or coughing
  • Trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Irregular periods
  • Spotting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Worsening Premenstrual Syndrome

A doctor will often be able to diagnose perimenopause by simply asking you about your symptoms. Alternatively, some doctors will use a blood test to measure your hormone levels. IF you opt for a blood test, it is important to keep in mind that your hormone levels will be constantly changing throughout perimenopause, so it may be useful to have a succession of tests rather than just one.

If you are suffering with the above symptoms, speak to your health care professional today.

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