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The Symptoms of Peri/Menopause

What are the signs and symptoms of menopause?

Don't be caught unaware. Discover what the symptoms of menopause are so that you're prepared.

The signs of Menopause

The symptoms of menopause can be both physical and psychological. Menopause is not a ‘one size fits’ all process – it affects all women differently.

Some women don’t experience the symptoms of natural menopause at all – lucky them! While for others the signs can be intense, especially if menopause has been bought on abruptly due to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation.

The most well known and common symptom are hot flushes which are experienced by around 60% of women.

But don’t be fooled into thinking if you aren’t experiencing them you’re not in menopause – there are another 33 documented signs of menopause!

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.