Perimenopause Symptoms

Perimenopause Symptoms/Premenopausal Symptoms

What is Perimenopause?

Premenopause, also referred to as Perimenopause, is the period of transition from reproductive years to cessation of menstruation (un-reproductive phase).

It may start as early as age 35; however, women as young as 25 and as old as 60 have also exhibited its symptoms. Its onset is caused by hormonal imbalance, reasons of which may vary from women to women. Majority of women face premenopausal symptoms due to estrogen dominance; some due to deficiency of progesterone and a very small fraction of women suffer from them when levels of 3 out of 6 hormones produced by female reproductive organs – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are low.

Permenopause precedes menopause and the sooner it begins, the longer you will have to endure the problems associated with it before menses completely stop. It typically takes 2-10 years before menopause finally sets in. As the reasons for start of premenopause vary, so does its symptoms. It often manifests itself with a variety of physical, emotional and mental symptoms.

Physical Symptoms of Perimenopause:

•    Irregular periods ( change in timing, duration and heaviness of periods)
•    Internal tremors or shaking
•    Hot flashes ( sudden rush of heat in your upper half of body, leads to night sweats)
•    Bone loss (decrease in bone mass density, excess may result in osteoporosis)
•    Increase in body fat around waist, hips and stomach
•    Heart palpitations ( irregular or skipped heartbeats)
•    Insomnia and sleep disruption ( trouble falling asleep and staying asleep)
•    Vaginal dryness ( thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to declining estrogen levels)
•    Painful sex ( because of vaginal dryness)
•    Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar level
•    Loss of libido ( lower testosterone levels)
•    Fornication ( feeling like insects are crawling on skin)
•    Crashing fatigue
•    Indigestion, nausea, gas pain
•    Thinning and loss of hair on head or pubic area, and unwanted growth on face ( due to decrease in level of estrogen)
•    Breast tenderness
•    Increased allergies
•    Urinary tract infections ( due to invasion of urinary tract by bacteria)
•    Urinary incontinence ( higher incidence of loss of bladder control, especially during exercising)
•    Respiratory problems
•    Unexpected spotting and bleeding
•    Endometriosis (abnormal growth of endometrial cells outside of uterus)
•    Dry eyes ( irritation to smoke, stringy mucus, tiredness, itchy)
•    Arthritis
•    Hypersomnia (sleeping excessively)
•    Excessively dry skin
•    Hypothyroidism ( production of less thyroid hormones than required by thyroid gland)
•    Ovarian cysts ( failure of follicle to rapture and release the egg and fluid’s incapacity to dissolve itself resulting in formation of cysts)
•    Water retention, bloating

Emotional symptoms of Perimenopause:

•    Mood swings
•    Anxiety
•    Irritability
•    Depression
•    Crying spell
•    Panic attacks
•    Dizziness
•    Anger
•    Feeling nervous

Mental symptoms of Perimenopause:

•    Difficulty concentrating
•    Headaches
•    Fuzzy thinking
•    Mental confusion
•    Inability to multitask
•    Memory loss or memory lapses

Natural Premenopause may start at any time after the age of 35, but there are some factors that govern its early arrival. Stress, alcohol, smoking, high carbohydrates and unbalanced diet are the main factors behind sooner onset of premenopause.