Perimenopause and Post menopause symptoms:
34 recognised symptoms of Perimenopause…
Did you know there were this amount?
Don’t worry, hopefully we will not get all of these, we may not get any, but we do need to know what we may experience during the perimenopause years which can begin from the age of 35+ to menopause with averages at 51 – 53 in the UK, so we can prepare and be prepared for this life stage:
- Anxiety & loss of confidence
- Body odour
- Bone fractures
- Brain fog & poor memory
- Breast soreness
- Brittle nails
- Burning mouth
- Decrease in libido (sex drive)
- Dental & Gum problems
- Depression / low mood / general loss of interest / loss of joy / crying spells
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping / disrupted sleep
- Dry itchy skin
- Electric shocks
- Joint pain
- Hair loss
- Hot flushes
- Irregular periods / change in periods
- Mood swings
- Muscle tension / restless legs
- Nausea & digestive issues
- Night sweats
- Palpitations / irregular heartbeat
- Panic disorder / panic attacks
- Tingling extremities
- Tired or lacking energy
- Urinary symptoms (stress incontinence)
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
Phew, thank goodness Perimenopause is over no more symptoms…
Well, the symptoms do not just suddenly disappear once we have become post-menopausal, they may continue, they may go, we may develop new ones. Where once our hormones worked in harmony, during this time they become out of sync and its these changes that can contribute to the symptoms.
Maybe it’s not all Hormonal…
Some symptoms may come about because of a variety of reasons, other factors going on in your “Midlife” – work, family, stress, lifestyle etc.
- Brain fog, this could be because you are tired, multi-tasking, not getting enough rest or “down time”.
- Weight gain because you are busy, stressed and have not had the time to exercise recently or plan your meals.
- Headaches… when did you last have an eye test.
- Urinary symptoms, Pelvic Floor issues, have you been doing your exercises?
Have you experienced any of these symptoms?
What helped? There are many ways to help with them.
- Track your symptoms, like your menstrual cycle, so you can get a picture of when the symptoms occur, are there any triggers, how long do they last for, etc.
- Are there any obvious signs that you can address e.g., Are you getting enough sleep, would a different sleep routine help to reduce tiredness?
- Speak to your GP, Health care practitioner tell them exactly wats going on. If something does not feel right, listen to your gut.
- Control the controllable’s, what can you do now to help with the symptoms? If you need additional help, HRT for example, investigate it, ask, find what will work for you to help alleviate the symptoms.
Would you like to explore the areas we can work on, at any time during this life stage?
Here is the link to my “9 Perimenopause Top Tips”