Perimenopause typically starts in a woman’s 40s, but may also occur in 30-something women.
Symptoms can come in waves, increasing and receding for months at a time. Though four to six years is average for most women, perimenopause can be as short as a year or last for more than 10 years. Next stop? Menopause. For some, perimenopause causes few health issues.
But around 20% of women experience moderate to severe symptoms, which can include:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Problems with falling asleep, staying asleep and sleep quality
- Breast tenderness
- Itchy/crawly/dry skin
- Trouble concentrating
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido (sex drive)
- More pronounced pre-menstrual tension
- Mood changes – these may include feeling more teary and irritable.
Chronic or increased anxiety may also occur.
- Weight gain, despite no changes to diet or exercise.
If you would like to know more about Perimenopause and how it may affect you, call us today on 6247 3077 during business hours Monday to Friday.