The signs and symptoms of Perimenopause

Did you know that 9/10 women don’t recognise their symptoms are associated with the perimenopause? Stop feeling lost and alone with your health this World Perimenopause Day on 11 October 2021. Health & Her- a company providing qualified information and products on the menopause- seeks to raise awareness around perimenopause while highlighting the importance of research, education and combating global stigma.

At Benenden Hospital we offer private gynaecology treatments and services. We’re experts at treating a range of gynaecological issues, sensitive to women’s health concerns and our consultants and nurses are easy to talk to. also supports our predominantly female workforce if they are struggling with menopausal symptoms.

As well as World Perimenopause Day, World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October. To celebrate this, we have teamed up with Benenden Health to host webinars for members of staff throughout October.

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the transitional period into menopause when periods become irregular but haven’t stopped. 47 is the average age to enter perimenopause and, while you may experience symptoms, you can still get pregnant.

Symptoms of Perimenopause can include:

  • Period changes
  • Sleeping problems
  • Hot flushes
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Low mood
  • Night sweats
  • Joint aches
  • Stress
  • Low energy
  • Brain fog
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Headaches
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary changes
  • Skin changes
  • Painful sex

It is important to remember that no two women’s symptomatic experience is the same. Often the first step to managing perimenopausal symptoms is to understand if that they are caused by fluctuating female hormones. Unfortunately, due to lack of awareness, symptoms can be attributed to lifestyle choices, stress, anxiety, depression and aging. This has resulted in millions of women around the world suffering in silence and isolation, with little to no support.

When can perimenopause begin?

It is difficult to accurately predict when you will begin perimenopause because it usually starts two to ten years before your periods stop. Ifou started your period at an early age, it’s likely that you have a greater number of egg precursors in the ovaries. As a result, you’ll tend to menstruate for longer and may go through the menopause later than most.

What treatments are available for the symptoms of menopause?

There are also natural treatment options for menopause symptoms: soya products such as soybeans, tofu and soya milk too. Red clover and black cohosh, available from health food shops, are also said to help, although to date there is no hard evidence to support this.

Put your health in our hands

Our female private GPs can discuss all aspects of menstrual health and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), as well as incontinence with you. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they may be able to treat you or refer you to one of our Consultant Gynaecologists.

We offer a range of menopause treatments, from the Mirena coil which can help with heavy and irregular bleeding as the menopause approaches to MonaLisa Touch®, a non-surgical laser treatment for the symptoms of vaginal atrophy- the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls.

To find out more about the menopause and the gynaecology treatments we offer at our comfortable and discreet private hospital in the heart in the Wealden countryside, contact our Private Patient Team by completing our online enquiry form or by calling us on 01580  363158.

Published on 10 October 2021