So let’s talk about Perimenopause …
I’ve been having weird symptoms for the last year. The night sweats, slightly irregular periods, and other symptoms didn’t really bother me much. It wasn’t until I thought I was pregnant at 43, (LOL obviously I wasn’t) that I thought…. what the heck is going on with me.
I finally decided to talk to my doctor about it all. He said, “well you’re in the beginning stages of perimenopause.” I thought what in the fresh hell are you talking about? I’m only in my early 40’s. I’m a little too young for that.
These days, my symptoms are increasingly getting worse. I have to be honest… I was starting to think that I was going crazy. The worse symptoms right now are the hot flashes, mood swings and anxiety.
During a lunch conversation with my friend (who is going through it too,) I realized I’m not alone. Like most women, I need to talk through this and what I’m experiencing. My husband is a great listener but I know it’s difficult for him to understand this experience.
According to WebMD, it usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier. The average length of perimenopause is 4 years, but for some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years.
After doing a bit of research on the subject, that there is an enormous amount of information out there about it. Just like with everything else in life, Perimenopause symptoms are different for everyone.
Some women will experience many of these and some hardly any at all. However, many health care professionals agree that their are several main symptoms that the majority of women experience:
- Irregular Periods; Quality and/or duration may change, or you may skip periods all together.
- Hot Flashes
- Trouble failing asleep and/or staying asleep
- Anxiety/Emotional changes. Some women have mood swings or feel grouchy, depressed, or worried.
- Headaches / Migraines
- Heart PalpitationFeeling that your heart is beating too fast or unevenly (palpitations).
- Problems with remembering or thinking clearly.
- Vaginal Dryness
- Loss of Libido
- Weight Gain
If you are starting to experience these types of symptoms, don’t ignore them. Make sure to speak to your doctor or health care professional about what your experiencing and what your treatment options are.
There is no reason to suffer in silence with any of this. Don’t be afraid to talk to others about this.
Share what you’re experiencing!
Feel free to share your thoughts, comments on this blog post, the Facebook page or even email me, if you need to talk/discuss/vent about this newest change in your life.
After all, We’re all in this together!