What are the Perimenopause symptoms?

There are dozens of changes and symptoms associated with menopause found in five major categories:

  1. Vasomotor [Temperature]
  2. Urogenital [Vagina and Urinary Tract]
  3. Psychological [Mental Health]
  4. Somato-Vegetative [Body]
  5. Somato-Vegatative [Head]

Some of these are temporary whereas others can be permanent. Individual women often experience a range of symptoms from each category, varying from hot flashes and night sweats to anxiety and mood swings. Clinicians pair information about a woman’s symptoms with the date of the last menstrual period to determine whether a woman is likely to be in perimenopause, also known as the menopause transition.

Did you know?

Each woman experiences an average of 5 symptoms during menopausal transition.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3820128/

The training of menopausal health for spouses improves the quality of life in women during menopausal transition.

https://doi.org/10.1097/GME.0000000000000588

Symptoms

Abdominal Changes

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Allergies

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Anxiety

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Bleeding Issues

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Body Pain

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Bone Health

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Burning Tongue & Dry Mouth

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Cognitive Changes

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Depression

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Dizziness & Vertigo

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Fatigue & Tiredness

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Hair & Nails

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Headaches & Migraines

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Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

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Insomnia & Sleep Disturbances

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Mood Changes & Rage

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Oral Health

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Sexual Changes

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Skin Changes

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Tingling & Shocks

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Urinary System Changes

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Vaginal Changes

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Metabolism & Weight Changes

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Symptom Categories

Vasomotor

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Temperature

Vasomotor symptoms are related to fluctuations in the diameter of your blood vessels [constriction or dilation]. They are a form of temperature dysfunction in the body due to hormonal changes.

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
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Urogentital

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Vagina & Urinary Tract

Urogenital symptoms are changes in the urinary or genital regions of the body that may result in vaginal thinning, vaginal dryness or urine leakage.

  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Urinary Leakage
  • Painful Sex
Seriously… I peed myself

Psychological

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Mental Health

Psychological symptoms are experienced in the mind and are related to the mental and emotional state of a person.

  • Anxiety
  • Concentration Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Libido Changes
  • Memory Lapse
  • Mood Swings
  • Panic Attacks
  • Rage
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Somato-Vegatative Body

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Body

Somato-Vegatative [Body] symptoms are pain, discomfort, or changes in function that are experienced within one’s body.

  • Allergies
  • Bloating
  • Brittle Nails
  • Burning Tongue
  • Changes in Body Odour
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Electric Shocks
  • Gum Problems
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Loss of Hair
  • Pain in Joints
  • Sleeping Difficulties
  • Sore Breasts
  • Tight Muscles
  • Tingling in the Extremities
Sweet sleep…where art thou?

Somato-Vegatative Head

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Head

Somato-Vegatative [Head] symptoms are pain, discomfort, or changes in function that are experienced within one’s head.

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Stress
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Menopause Symptoms FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re one of the many women experiencing symptoms of menopause, you may be wondering what relief is available. While there is no cure for menopause, there are treatments that can help relieve your symptoms.

Though these symptoms can be uncomfortable, there are solutions available. Some women find relief with over-the-counter treatments like lubricants and moisturizers. Some may need to consult with their doctor to discuss hormone therapy. Others find relief with nutritional therapy, movement therapy and mind body wellness therapy.

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. While most women experience menopause in their early 50s, the symptoms can last for years. For some women, menopause is a time of great transition and they feel completely comfortable with the changes. Others find the symptoms to be disruptive and long-lasting. The good news is that there are treatments available to help manage menopause symptoms.

When the menopause transition is occurring naturally, these symptoms typically start in your mid forties to mid fifties.

Menopause is different than perimenopause.  When you have not had a period for one full year (12 months), you have officially entered menopause.

The stage just before menopause has several names – perimenopause, the menopausal transition, or simply ‘the change’. When it starts and how long it lasts vary from woman to woman. During this transitional stage, your hormones begin to fluctuate, sometimes wildly.

The most common symptoms of perimenopause are hot flashes &  night sweats, anxiety, cognitive changes, metabolism & weight changes, mood changes & rage and insomnia & sleeping difficulties.

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There are dozens of changes and symptoms associated with menopause found in five major categories:

  1. Vasomotor [Temperature]
  2. Urogenital [Vagina and Urinary Tract]
  3. Psychological [Mental Health]
  4. Somo-Vegetative [Body]
  5. Somo-Vegatative [Head]

Some of these are temporary whereas others can be permanent. Individual women often experience a range of symptoms from each category, varying from hot flashes and night sweats to anxiety and mood swings. Clinicians pair information about a woman’s symptoms with the date of the last menstrual period to determine whether a woman is likely to be in perimenopause, also known as the menopause transition.

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YES

Yes, meditation and mindfulness are easy quick ways to inject calm and peace into your busy day. But getting long-term benefits that last beyond the immediate time you are meditating does require practice. Regular long-term practice will provide the best results, such as maintaining a calm and peaceful mind throughout the day regardless of external stressors. The word ‘practice’ is intentional – like any other skill, meditation and mindfulness require an investment of time to fully develop and benefit from them. 

FALSE

No, there are many safe and effective non- prescription medications that can be used to lubricate your vagina. A vagina is a muscle, and it needs exercise.

Urine leakage can also be caused by damage done to the urethral sphincter during childbirth, as a complication of obesity and as a side-effect of urological surgeries such as a hysterectomy.

MYSTERY

Insomnia is a very common condition in modern life and is caused by environmental, social and biological factors. Research is actively trying to untangle the complex outcomes of these interactions.

FALSE

At first alcohol is relaxing, but it actually interferes with the brain and body’s ability to sleep deeply and for long periods.