Knowing the most common perimenopause symptoms

Perimenopause signs and symptoms

Did you know that 9/10 women don’t recognise their symptoms are associated with the perimenopause?

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.

What are the main perimenopause symptoms?

The signs 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 perimenopause symptoms are the same. Often the first step to managing the signs of perimenopausal 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 perimenopause symptoms in silence and isolation, with little to no support.

When do the signs of perimenopause start?

It is difficult to accurately predict when you will start to experience perimenopause symptoms because it usually starts two to ten years before your periods stop.

If you 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 notice the signs of perimenopause later than most.

What treatments are available for the symptoms of perimenopause?

There are also natural treatment options for perimenopause 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.

Help for the signs of perimenopause

Our female private GPs can discuss the signs of perimenopause with you. Depending on the severity of your perimenopause symptoms, they may be able to treat you or refer you to one of our Consultant Gynaecologists.

We offer a range of treatments for the symptoms of perimenopause, from the Mirena Coil which can help with heavy and irregular bleeding 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 treatment for the signs of perimenopause 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 23 June 2022