Symptoms of Perimenopause/Menopause

Symptoms of estrogen deficiency may:

  • Be physical and psychological
  • Come and go or occur regularly
  • Occur for a few weeks, a few months or even several years
  • Be mild, moderate or severe
  • (Or may not) require treatment, depending on how bothersome they are

Every woman will have irregular periods as she approaches menopause. Cycles may become longer or shorter. Periods may become lighter and shorter in duration or the opposite – heavier and longer. You may experience some of the following symptoms, or perhaps none at all (almost 50% of women don’t).

Physical symptoms (in addition to erratic periods):

  • Acne
  • Dry skin
  • Extreme sweating
  • Frequent urination
  • Hair loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Increased bladder and vaginal infections
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Leakage of urine (urinary incontinence)
  • Nausea
  • Racing heart (palpitations)
  • Vaginal dryness and thinning of genital tissues

Emotional symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Melancholy
  • Mood swings

Combination symptoms

  • Changes in memory
  • Decreased libido
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

Did You Know…

Symptoms of perimenopause may resemble other medical conditions.

Consult your physician for a diagnosis.

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