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Symptoms of Perimenopause

If there is one indisputable fact about perimenopause-related symptoms, it's that they are highly variable - every woman experiences the symptoms of perimenopause in her own way.

Perimenopause and all its stages are not an illness, but a natural process in a woman's body. The symptoms of perimenopause are just indicators of changes, which occur in the relationship between the ovarian hormones and those produced by the pituitary gland.

In the time of late premenopause and at the beginning of perimenopause the ovaries become less responsive to stimulation of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), causing a decline in the amount of estrogen secreted in a woman's ovaries.

As shown in the diagram above, estrogen levels drop dramatically during perimenopause. The decline of estrogen results in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and causes the common perimenopause symptoms. These changes can be quite different on an individual basis, but most women will experience perimenopause symptoms in a more severe fashion during this time of life. Estrogen levels will not recover in postmenopause. Thereby, they can raise new health concerns or still causes perimenopause symptoms, including:

  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • vaginal dryness
  • mood swings
  • declining libido
  • weight gain
  • headaches
  • changes in hair quality
  • lack of energy
  • aging skin
  • depression
  • incontinence
  • irregular periods
  • breast tenderness
  • chrashing fatigue

Perimenopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women, who are approaching menopause. Almost every women notice early symptoms while still having periods. The symptoms of perimenopause usually last for the whole menopause transition (untill the mid 50's), but some women may experience them for the rest of their life. The most common perimenopause symptoms are hot Flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats and loss of libido.

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