Symptoms of Perimenopause
As you would already know, perimenopause symptoms are mostly caused by changing levels of hormones produced by our ovaries.
During our 40's and leading into perimenopause these hormones fluctuate wildly. It's like being a teenager all over again. Except this time your body is getting ready to wind down fertility, so we can enjoy our later years (hurrah).
The symptoms can vary widely between women, as can the length of time of perimenopause. It's super important to remember that you will have your own experience, and it might be very different to the women around you.
We simply want you to understand that these changes are normal, and you might not experience all of them. The narrative around perimenopause is full of fear. But fear not! There are so many options for you. From meditation, to diet, to supplements to hormone therapy, there is a way through this time to suit you.
Below are the most common symptoms of perimenopause (warning, not a fun list):
- Irregular periods
- Hot flushes & night sweats
- Mood swings
- Increased PMS
- Difficulty sleeping - getting to sleep and/or staying asleep
- Low libido (sex drive)
- Difficulty with concentration and memory (brain fog)
- Headaches & migraines
- Sore breasts
- Weight gain (especially around the waist)
- Bloating and fluid retention
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful sex
- Dry or itchy skin
- Sore muscles or joints
- Irregular heartbeat
- Changes in body odour
- Head loss or thinning
- Facial hair growth
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Increased UTI's
- Decreased bone density
- Increased allergies
- Insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes)
You might experience some of these symptoms, none at all, or different symptoms completely.
This is also a time when you have increased risk of developing disease from lifestyle choices, so please take care of your health - both physical and mental.
It is important to know your own body and any changes that are occurring, and to see your health care practitioner to address your individual needs.
Oh, and by the way, you can still fall pregnant during this time!
Love Eir x