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The Most Common Symptoms of Menopause and Perimenopause

There is often some confusion about the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause and whether the two things are different. Essentially perimenopause and menopause refer to different stages of the same process.

Menopause is the official term used to mark the end of female reproduction. Most significantly this is when you no longer have periods and your oestrogen production declines

Several of the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause are often very similar. However, perimenopause describes the period of time when changes start to occur in your body in the lead up to menopause.

Whilst there isn’t hard line in the sand, menopause is usually recognised as a time when you haven’t had a period for an extended time, usually 12 months.

The Most Common Symptoms of Menopause and Perimenopause

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There is often some confusion about the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause and whether the two things are different. Essentially perimenopause and menopause refer to different stages of the same process.

Menopause is the official term used to mark the end of female reproduction. Most significantly this is when you no longer have periods and your oestrogen production declines

Several of the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause are often very similar. However, perimenopause describes the period of time when changes start to occur in your body in the lead up to menopause.

Whilst there isn’t hard line in the sand, menopause is usually recognised as a time when you haven’t had a period for an extended time, usually 12 months.

Typical Symptoms of Menopause and Perimenopause

Symptoms you might experience during perimenopause include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Sleep disruption
  • Worse premenstrual syndrome (PMS) before periods
  • Tiredness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain
  • Hair changes and skin dryness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Loss or low sex drive
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Muscle aches
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Fertility issues in women who are trying to conceive

As oestrogen levels continue to drop you are likely to experience symptoms of menopause which can be more pronounced, including:

  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Vaginal dryness or discomfort
  • Frequent urination
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When so symptoms of menopause start

Everyone is different. Perimenopausal symptoms can last for several months or several years before the transition to menopause. Typically, menopause occurs between the ages of 45-55.

Whilst you don’t need a formal diagnosis of visit with your doctor, if the symptoms of menopause or perimenopause become particularly disruptive or difficult to manage you can seek support and advice. If you experience symptoms such as pain, particularly heavy bleeding, insomnia and fatigue, depression or anxiety, then you should visit your GP who can then refer you to a gynaecologist for specialist support.

 

If you’d like to contact Dr Kieren Wilson’s rooms for more information, we would be more than happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to email us on info@drkierenwilson.com.au or call 02 9923 4222.

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