Peri Menopause

Peri menopause and the biology of what is exactly going on in your body to bring about this change can be difficult to understand. 

How the Woman's Body Works

It's important to understand the phases of the menopausal transition. It's amazing to realize how little we know how the woman's body works. 

We do know how hormones work together. 

At birth
At birth, the woman has two ovaries that contain all the eggs needed over the course of her lifetime. The eggs sit there for years until the child hits puberty. Puberty is the beginning of menstruation. Your hormone levels begin fluctuating wildly before settling down as the young woman reaches maturity. 

Peri Menopause

Problems associated with perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms

As the woman leaves puberty, she enters her fertile years. Typically, early on, girls have longer periods. This is partly due to the fact the ovaries aren't producing eggs, and egg production is necessary for the cycle to be completed. 

Peri menopause is often referred to as "puberty in reverse". 

Perimenopause is the three to six years before the last period. Perimenopause is extremely individual and each woman experiences this life transition in their own unique way. 

Every girl has their own unique experience during puberty. Some of us have had PMS while others have sailed through years of menstruating. Some of us had morning sickness with pregnancy and some didn't. 

Hormones and hormonal shifts affect each one of us in a unique way, so it's only natural symptoms will be experienced different from woman to woman. There's a wide range of symptoms, limited only by your imagination. 

Peri menopausal and menopausal symptoms include...

  • funny sensations in the head

  • insomnia or weird dreams

  • chills or periods of extreme warmth

  • waking up with sore heels

  • bouts of rapid heartbeat

  • crying for no reason

  • frequent urination

  • hot flashes or night sweats

  • onset of new allergies or sensitivities

  • indigestion or gas pains

  • urinary leakage

  • disturbing memory lapses

  • anxiety and loss of self confidence

  • waking in the early hours of the morning

  • lower back pain

  • overnight appearance of long facial hairs

  • aching ankles, knees, wrists, or shoulders

  • dry vagina

  • lightheadedness or dizzy spells

  • weight gain in unusual places

  • painful intercourse

  • crawly skin

Have Trouble Identifying Peri Menopause Symptoms?

Don't be alarmed if your menopause symptoms don't appear here. It doesn't mean you're crazy. You'll want to check with your doctor and rule out anything serious, but it's probably just an unusual symptom. 

On the other hand, you may not experience any perimenopause symptoms. Ten percent of women don't experience any symptoms, they just stop menstruating. This can be very disturbing because we are so conditioned to expect wild mood swings, hot flashes, and the vaginal dryness that's associated with menopause. 

The duration of symptoms also varies, although they rarely go on for more than a few years. 

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