The signs and symptoms of perimenopause are known to show themselves at least 10 years (or more in some cases) before menopause actually sets in. Many women will see the various symptoms of menopause during this time. They will experience hot flashes, missed periods and night sweats that are typically the symptoms associated with menopause.
However, during perimenopause their menstrual cycle will not cease completely though there will be cases of missed periods. Once the menstrual cycle stops completely you will be in the post-menopausal phase.
Until two decades ago, women would notice premenopausal symptoms when they were in their late forties or early fifties. However, in recent times this age has gone down to late thirties and early forties. Many young women are experiencing the premenopausal signs because of the unhealthy lifestyle that we are leading. Again, some women may not notice any symptoms before they reach their menopause. According to medical statistics, the average age at which a woman experiences perimenopause is 35.
What are the symptoms of Perimenopause?
Some symptoms of perimenopause are those of the menopause as well. But there are some symptoms that are experienced only during perimenopause. These symptoms should be recognized early on so that you are better prepared both mentally as well as physically to deal with menopause when it sets in.
Changes in the Skin
Women will notice dryness of the skin. Even women with oily skin will see a stark change in the texture of their skin. You will have to use moisturizers twice a day to deal with skin dryness. The dryness indicates that the skin is thinning and needs to be taken care of in the best manner possible. If you start looking after your skin at this stage you will not have skin issues once menopause hits you.
Along with skin, the texture of the scalp will also change. The scalp will become dry and develop dandruff as a result of which you will begin losing hair. Start treating your hair with regular oil massages so that you don’t develop bald patches by the times you reach menopause. Also, eat plenty of nutritious food to lessen hair fall.
Women who never missed a period in their lives will now start missing periods. The frequency of the missed periods increases only when you start reaching the menopause, however, during perimenopause you will miss your periods at least once a year. You can even experience light or heavy periods that may be shorter or longer. All these aare indicative of perimenopause.
Low Sexual Libido
Women aren’t interested in sex when they reach menopause because penetrative sex is painful. The pain during sex is because of thinning of the vaginal skin. During perimenopause women become disinterested in sex.
The frequency of their sexual activity reduces or in extreme cases women may prefer not to have sex altogether. If you are of child-bearing age then this is not good news for you. Consult your doctor immediately to start treating this symptom. There are some excellent herbal remedies that are very effective in the treatment of low libido in women.
Changes in Mood
Perimenopausal women will find themselves fluctuating between extreme moods. They will feel depressed, anxious and stressed for no reason whatsoever. They will be very emotional and cry often and at the smallest of things. They could turn very angry and irritated at one minute and then become calm and quiet suddenly. Many lull periods will be followed by incessant crying. And they will have no reason whatsoever for their mood swings.
There are many ways in which the changes in mood can be dealt with. The best way is to exercise regularly and eat healthy food. Drinking chamomile tea is also known to calm the mind and the body. Stay away from anti-depressants at this stage or they will likely tamper with your system later on.
Sleep apnea is the most common symptom of perimenopause. During perimenopause women will find themselves waking up after only a few hours of sleep each night. On some days they may find it difficult to sleep altogether. They might attribute this to sleeplessness to stress and not pay much attention to the symptom. However, it is important that they start sleeping better each night in order to stay healthy. Exercising regularly and eating non-spicy foods will help attain a good night’s sleep.
Hot flashes, night sweats and coldness are the most common symptoms of both perimenopause as well as menopause. These symptoms are what makes a woman feel more vulnerable during this phase of her life. These symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and can really hamper a woman’s emotional and mental well-being.
All these symptoms can be treated using natural remedies. While these remedies may not directly act upon the mentioned symptoms they will help maintain a peace and calm mind when you experience the perimenopause symptoms.
Incontinence is the condition when women find urine leaking from their bodies when they sneeze or laugh too hard. It will also be hard for them to hold the urine in the bladder under pressing situations. This can be an embarrassing situation for any woman but it is one of the symptoms of perimenopause. You could try using panty liners or maxi pads to take care of the situation. Practicing Kegel exercises will also give you a better hold over your pelvic muscles including those of the bladder.
As you age, your tendency to gain weight increases. This is particularly true if you are experiencing perimenopause. And all the weight gain will be borne by your belly. No amount of crunching will help get rid of the belly fat. Eat only healthy foods if you wish to avoid the unnecessary weight gain.
Remember, no two women are the same. So their bodies will also have different experiences during perimenopause. If you recognize any of these symptoms first consult a doctor and get a diagnosis. Some of the above mentioned conditions are also indicative of thyroid and other such problems. For example, missed periods could mean that you are pregnant or could also mean that you have PCOS. Get yourself treated for any medical conditions or they will likely worsen along with the perimenopause symptoms.