Perimenopausal Signs and Symptoms

Q: What are some of the signs and symptoms of perimenopause?

A: The average age of menopause is 51 years old, but the gradual transition until your body reaches menopause, known as perimenopause, can last as long as 10 years. Even if you are a 40 year old woman, you may still be entering this phase of your life.

The most common symptoms are:
Fatigue
Insomnia
Irregular menstrual periods
Heavy bleeding
Irritability
Hot flashes and night sweats
Memory difficulties (fuzzy thinking)
Mood swings

Unfortunately, there’s not a test that your doctor can do to definitively diagnose perimenopause; however, if you are in the appropriate age group and are having any of these symptoms, make sure to bring them up with your doctor. Many of these symptoms are vague and could be attributed to other conditions that may not have been diagnosed or managed properly.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.

Got a health question for Dr. Brent? E-mail him at drbrent@care2.com.

38 comments

Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

Noted.

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn8 months ago

Many thanks to you !

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Sam Dyson
Past Member about a year ago

TYFS

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Rhonda C.
.3 years ago

Thanks.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R3 years ago

Thank you.

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Sophie Addison
Sophie Addison4 years ago

Thanks for great read.
Hot flashes and night sweats are very common symptoms of menopause.

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Dee D.
De D4 years ago

Thanks

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Tania Vega
Tania Vega4 years ago

good

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Jean Sleigh
Jean Sleigh5 years ago

Or, from another Care2 article, I could just be over stressed and not coping........... read here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/24-signs-your-stress-glands-are-overworked.html - which could also be true! Sigh, makes me feel better but so much contradiction - oh well............. :)

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