Early and Perimenopause Symptoms – What You Need To Know

senior woman shopping at the marketResearch has concluded that eight out of ten women experience menopause symptoms and 45% of women will find it difficult to deal with what has become known as ‘the change of life.’ However a lot of us still remain somewhat unaware of what is actually involved in the process and what we will experience in the months/years it takes to reach menopause; these months and years have become known as the perimenopause stage.

There are a lot of symptoms associated with the menopausal change; what you need to keep in mind, however, is that the majority of these symptoms occur prior to you actually reaching menopause. Most of the symptoms, if you experience any, will take place during perimenopause.

The very first sign that you will experience to indicate that you have entered the perimenopause stage revolves around your periods. There are three ways that your periods may change; for one, they may gradually become further apart and they may not last as long as usual. Secondly, there is a chance that they may start to get heavier and have shorter gaps in between or, lastly, but least likely, there is a chance that they might just suddenly stop altogether.

For some women the only indication they are going through ‘the change’ is that their periods eventually stop. However, roughly half of women will go on to experience slight physical or mental changes, 25% of which will unfortunately experience inconvenient or distressing problems. So, just what are the most prevalent perimenopause symptoms?

Hot Flashes
These are one of the most common menopause symptoms that women will experience. They can vary in degrees of severity but on average they will generally occur four or five times a day and they will usually last from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Night Sweats
These are basically hot flashes only they occur at night. Due to this, they have the potential of drenching your bedding.

Insomnia
Generally caused by low levels of estrogen, but can also by brought-on by constantly being interrupted by night sweats.

The symptoms that you may experience prior to menopause aren’t, however, all physical; you may suffer a few emotional worries too, one of the most common being menopause mood swings. Many women go from being irritable to suffering bouts of depression. However, just because all of these symptoms, both emotional and physical are possible, it doesn’t mean that you are actually going to go on to develop all of them.

Perimenopause symptoms generally occur around the age of 46-55. If symptoms start to persist before this, in the 30’s and 40’s, it is known as an early menopause. Estimations suggest that premature menopause affects1% of women who are under the age of 40. There are several factors that can cause early menopause symptoms such as poor nutrition, heavy smoking, heavy drinking, or when chronic stress is placed on the body. In other cases, some women are simply born with fewer eggs. Also, if you have undergone radiotherapy or chemotherapy, then some of your eggs may have been destroyed.

With early menopause you are at risk of developing the symptoms associated with menopause, however, it will be over quicker than normal. It should be noted that you could be at an increased risk of developing heart disease and osteoporosis, which is why it is advised to always seek help if you are going through menopause early.

A lot of women get through ‘the change’ without feeling the need to seek outside advice. If you do feel that you can’t cope with the menopause symptoms, please remember there is a lot of help available and all you need to do is ask.

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