Your Guide to Perimenopause
As a woman, you’ve experienced the journey into adolescence and adulthood. From period panic to pesky hormones, there are many changes that take place in your early teens. Well, as you can imagine, more transition takes place later in life as your body begins approaching stages such as menopause, otherwise known as perimenopause. Whether you’ve heard of this phrase before or not, you may find it helpful as you move into this new season of life. So, here’s the scoop about perimenopause and what you can expect.
What is perimenopause?
Simply put, it’s the beginning stages of menopause. This means your levels of estrogen are fluctuating, and your body is trying to adjust. The result is irregular periods and varying emotions, along with other side effects.
When should I expect perimenopause?
Most women start experiencing this hormonal shift in their 40’s. Although, it can start as early as your mid 30’s. Women who smoke, have a family history of early menopause, are being treated for cancer, or who have had a hysterectomy are more likely to develop perimenopause earlier in life.
Does everyone go through perimenopause?
Every woman’s journey to and through menopause looks different, but most women must go through some form of perimenopause. After 12 months without a period you are officially out of perimenopause and in menopause.
What are the symptoms of perimenopause?
Look through the list below to get a feel for common symptoms associated with this life season. Try categorizing the following symptoms as never, often, or always to help outline how you’re feeling and whether or not it’s perimenopause.
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- PMS symptoms
- Sleep difficulties
- Sad, moody, or heightened emotions
- Fuzziness or forgetfulness
- Digestive issues
- Achy joints
- Weight loss struggles
- Low sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Hair thinning
- Sugar cravings
Even though perimenopause can be an inconvenience, it’s very common and most times it doesn’t require medical attention. However, if any of your symptoms begin interfering with your life, you should contact your doctor for assistance.