9 Symptoms of Perimenopause

While many girls get at least a bare bones education about their bodies and the impending changes that will be brought about by puberty — even if it’s only through that embarrassing “health” class taught be your fifth grade teacher — most women get very little education about the changes their bodies will go through between puberty and menopause. Perimenopause, that 10-15 year period prior to menopause, brings tremendous change to a woman’s body. The change in the production of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and the androgens create a variety of symptoms that impact both a woman’s body and her mental/emotional sense of well-being. Being able to identify these changes as they happen to you, and knowing that these changes are well within the experience of “normal,” can quell some of the fear and anxiety of living in a maturing female body. Here are some common indicators that your body is in the perimenopausal transition:

  1. Period changes: These changes can include a lengthening or shortening of the number of days in between periods, heavier or lighter flow, and missing a period entirely. A woman is considered to have undergone menopause when she hasn’t had a period for at least one year.
  2. Hot flashes and night sweats.
  3. Disrupted sleep: This can be related to the above or may happen without night sweats. In addition to waking in the middle of the night, many women have problems falling asleep.
  4. Mood swings: Ranging from irritability to severe depression, the hormonal changes of perimenopause strike at women’s emotional health.
  5. Vaginal dryness: This dryness can result in painful sex unless a sufficient amount of an appropriate lubricant is used.
  6. Increased fat around the waist: Hey, at least there’s an excuse! Still, excess stomach fat is a health risk and should be addressed by a healthful diet and consistent exercise.
  7. Urinary problems: Lower estrogen levels can result in vaginal and urinary problems.
  8. Memory and concentration problems: Taking a vitamin B supplement can help reduce these problems.
  9. Bone loss: Osteoporosis risks increase during this stage of life. It is recommended that women take a baseline bone density test around the age of 40 so that bone health can be monitored and treated as needed.

By knowing these symptoms, supporting your body with good health common sense: eat well, exercise, get rest, have a trustworthy healthcare provider, and maintain mutually loving relationships in your life, you’ll be able to meet this transition with a measure of grace, strength and wisdom.

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Emma S.
Emma S3 years ago

I hadn't realised that peri-menopause started so far in advance of the thing itself. Interesting.

Tania Vega
Tania Vega5 years ago


Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

Good one Charlene S. Ain't that the truth!!!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

The hot flashes did drive me bonkers as you have to be period free for 1 year before you can begin HRT therapy so by the time I was done with my periods I was more than ready and had a Dr.s appt lined up. I have a fantastic gyno and within 20 minutes, I never had a hot flash or a bad hair day since. I only was on HRT for 3 years and have been off dor close to 2 years and I coulf never thank God enough for that!

Richelle Rausch
Richelle Rausch5 years ago

Wish men understood what women have to go through.

Charlene S.
Charla D6 years ago

Wish the female body came with an "owner's manual"!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing

carlee trent
carlee trent6 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.