Symptoms Leading Up To Menopause

Mature woman struggling to go to sleep at night as she is experiencing symptoms leading up to menopause.

Peri-menopause occurs months or years before menopause. During this time you may experience a handful of symptoms that are a pre-warning of what's to come. Peri-menopausal symptoms affect up to 75% of peri-menopausal women.

What are the Symptoms of Peri-menopause?

Menopause is a natural process, but the symptoms may affect your emotional health.

In the months or years that lead up to menopause (perimenopause), you may experience:

  • Irregular periods

  • Hot flushes

  • Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex

  • Chills

  • Sleep issues

  • Night sweats

  • Reduced sex drive (libido)

  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism

  • Mood changes

  • Loss of breast fullness

  • Thinning hair or dry skin

  • Problems with memory or concentration

Symptoms are different for every woman. However for many, changes to your period cycle is the main indicator that menopause is on the horizon. Sometimes, menstrual periods will skip a month, or several, and then return. You may also note that your periods have shorter cycles, so they may become closer together. Despite irregular periods, becoming pregnant is still a possibility.

It's important to visit your doctor frequently during and after menopause, and you should always seek medical advice if you experience vaginal bleeding after menopause.

Learning how to take care of your body, prepare for what’s to come, and how to optimise your health for menopause is essential. To see our list of the top foods you should be including in your diet during menopause, visit Good Food for Menopause page.


Original article: Kegel8 website

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