Perimenopause is the period before menopause and can begin between the ages of 40 and 50. There are many symptoms of Perimenopause that may take the unsuspecting woman by surprise. Many women may think that they are too young for symptoms of Perimenopause and get scared or worried when these symptoms first appear. This article will talk about 5 of the most common symptoms of Perimenopause.
First on the list of many Perimenopause symptoms is anxiety. Many women around this time report an increase in anxiety and panic attacks. If you’re already prone to anxiety, expect to have an increase of symptoms at this time.
Second on the list is night sweats or hot flashes. Hot flashes happen in the daytime, while night sweats are brought on by a hot flash, while asleep. Many women report waking up drenched in sweat on a nightly basis, especially a week before their menstrual period.
Brain Fog and forgetfulness is third on the list and is a common complaint of many women in this phase of life. They may be more forgetful and is similar to the forgetfulness experienced during pregnancy.
Forth on the list is irregular periods. Some women will report getting their period more often or closer together and others will report skipping a month or two. This is a time in life when many women will buy countless pregnancy tests due to the sudden irregularity of the menstrual cycle.
Lastly, amplified premenstrual syndrome, sometimes starting two weeks before the period begins. This can affect one’s mood, breast tenderness, water retention, migraine headaches, cramps, and more.
So, ladies, be aware that this time in life can last up to 10 years. A woman is not considered in menopause until she misses her period for 12 months. The time leading up to menopause can be a drag, but having the knowledge of what to expect will help get you through the tough times. Always remember if you have a symptom that you have not experienced before, be sure to consult with your doctor.