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Menopause is not optional, 100% of women will go through it. What is it and here are 30 symptoms you may experience from it.

The average age of when a woman will go through menopause in Australia is 51 years old. However perimenopause (the fluctuations of hormones to the lead up of menopause) typically begins in the late 30s or early 40s and can last anywhere from a few months to several years. The fluctuating hormone levels, leads to a range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that can vary widely among individuals.

Hormones at Play:

The hormonal dance during perimenopause involves a complex interplay of estrogen and progesterone. These reproductive hormones, produced by the ovaries, play vital roles in regulating the menstrual cycle and maintaining overall reproductive health. As women age, ovarian function declines, leading to irregular hormone levels and the onset of perimenopause.

Estrogen levels may fluctuate unpredictably, with an overall decline as menopause approaches. Progesterone, another key hormone, may decrease more abruptly, contributing to hormonal imbalances. Additionally, fluctuations in other hormones such as testosterone and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) also occur during this period, influencing various aspects of women's health.

With perimenopause, there are a wide range of symptoms that women have reported experiencing, here are just a few:

Physical Symptoms:

  1. Irregular menstrual cycles

  2. Hot flashes

  3. Night sweats

  4. Sleep disturbances

  5. Fatigue

  6. Weight gain

  7. Changes in libido

  8. Vaginal dryness

  9. Breast tenderness

  10. Joint and muscle pain

  11. Headaches

  12. Changes in skin elasticity

  13. Hair thinning or loss

  14. Increased urinary urgency

Mental Symptoms:

  1. Difficulty concentrating

  2. Memory lapses

  3. Brain fog

  4. Decreased cognitive function

  5. Mood swings

  6. Irritability

  7. Anxiety

  8. Depression

  9. Panic attacks

  10. Increased stress sensitivity

  11. Changes in decision-making abilities

Emotional Symptoms:

  1. Heightened emotional reactivity

  2. Decreased stress tolerance

  3. Feelings of sadness or grief

  4. Loss of motivation

  5. Changes in self-esteem and body image

Understanding perimenopause is crucial for women navigating this transitional phase. While the symptoms can be challenging, they are a natural part of the aging process. Lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management, can help alleviate some symptoms. Additionally, seeking support from healthcare professionals, friends, and family can provide valuable guidance and reassurance.

If this is you and are looking for ways to support you through perimenopause, let's chat. I have spent years working with women going through perimenopause.


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