What is Perimenopause

Written by SHFPACT on . Posted in Menopause Blog

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
  • Exhaustion
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Migraines
  • 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.

Source: menopause.org.au

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