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
- Urine leakage when sneezing or coughing
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Mood swings
- Irregular periods
- 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.