Peri menopause symptoms, also known as pre menopause symptoms, occur at the transitional stage between two and ten years before the complete cessation of your menstrual periods.
This is the time when your body moves closer to menopause. Your periods may become less regular and you start to feel symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Peri menopause symptoms can appear in women 35 to 50 years of age. Peri menopause has not been a stage in a woman’s life that has received a lot of attention and as women we can find ourselves experiencing puzzling changes and not know why.
Peri Menopause is not an illness, but a natural process in a woman’s body: what is actually happening is the gradual decrease of estrogen, thus causing hormonal imbalance in our bodies.
Did you ever imagine hormonal imbalance could wreak such havoc on your body? Peri menopause symptoms last for about one year after our last period.
We live in a world which seriously jeopardizes hormonal balance. Physical and emotional stress, birth control pills, HRT, environmental pollutants and nutritional deficiencies are some of the major hormone disrupters, then combine all this with moving into menopause and this can rob a woman of her health, confidence and quality of life.
But with proper support our body is capable of achieving a proper hormonal balance and we can be free of the many unpleasant peri menopause symptoms.
“The Most Common
Peri Menopause Symptoms”
Here are some of the most commonly reported peri menopause symptoms:
- Menstrual cycles become shorter, long or unpredictable
- Menstrual flow becomes heavier or lighter
- Low blood sugar
- Fatigue for several days before your menstrual cycle
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive
- Headaches that can be mild or more severe becoming migraines
- Inability to concentrate
- Feeling depressed or overwhelmed
- Mood swings and irritability
Menstrual irregularities are one of the first peri menopause symptoms you may notice. Your cycles may become longer or shorter and your menstrual flow may become heavier or lighter.
For most women their menstrual cycles become farther and farther apart until they stop. This is the beginning of true Menopause.
PMS – A Preview Of Peri Menopause
Pre-menstrual Syndrome or PMS, is one of the most common forms of hormonal imbalance affecting over half of all women. PMS can affect any woman who is having menstrual periods, but it most often occurs as a woman approaches her 40’s, and it another of the early peri menopause symptoms.
Women who experience PMS earlier in life are more likely to have a difficult Peri Menopause. Not surprisingly, the symptoms of PMS are quite similar to peri menopause symptoms: bloating, irritability, mood swings, lethargy, food cravings and headaches.
Low Blood Sugar – Cravings
An enormous number of women with peri menopause symptoms crave sugar, carbohydrates or alcohol. You may crave that afternoon snack of potato chips or chocolate chip cookies or that cup of coffee or that extra glass of wine at night. These cravings are a sign that your body has its signals mixed up.
This is all part of Peri Menopause territory. When we are exhausted our blood sugar and/or serotonin are low and the body signals the brain that it needs a pick-me-up.
Do you run out of energy in the afternoon? Find it hard to get out of bed in the morning? Need an extra cup of coffee to keep going? Fatigue is one of the most common peri menopause symptoms. Many women attribute it to age as though it is inevitable to slow down-well, it isn’t inevitable!
The underlying causes of peri menopause symptoms like fatigue is hormonal imbalance causing disrupted sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, adrenal exhaustion due to stress. All of this contributes to low energy.