Twelve Signs You Are In Perimenopause

Twelve Signs You Are In Perimenopause

Twelve Signs You Are In Perimenopause

How do you know you are experiencing Perimenopause?

12 Signs You Are In Perimenopause:

1. Menstrual irregularities

Long cycles, irregular cycles, skipped periods, heavier menstrual bleeding, short luteal phase (time from ovulation to period is less than ten days), worsening menstrual cramping, mid-cycle spotting.

2. Infertility

Difficulty conceiving and recurrent miscarriages.

3. Anxiety, Mood Swings, Memory Issues & Insomnia

Anxiety, mood swings, memory issues, and insomnia is a beast in perimenopause! It has a lot to do with the hormone progesterone. It decreases from the late 30s until menopause, when it plummets to zero! Progesterone promotes sleep, counteracts anxiety and panic, and has concentrations 20 times higher in the brain than in the blood.

Experiencing Perimenopause Symptoms

4. Slow Metabolism & Weight Gain

Slow metabolism, weight gain around the middle, and sugar cravings increase. Estrogen dominance (high estrogen), drops in progesterone and testosterone can cause easy weight gain.

5. Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid disorders can arise in perimenopause due to the hormone shifts in progesterone & estrogen. Progesterone helps keep zinc and potassium in cells allowing thyroid hormone to enter and be converted into the active form (T3).

6. Osteoporosis & Osteopenia

Progesterone, testosterone, & estrogen promotes bone rebuilding.

7. Allergies

Allergic reactions and hives can increase in perimenopause. This can be due to low progesterone and high estrogen.

Stress and Perimenopause

8. Stress

It’s called the progesterone steal. It converts to cortisol (the stress hormone.) When a woman is overworked and stressed out, her body makes cortisol from progesterone. Without progesterone, anxiety, and sleep worsen, making stress unbearable.

9. Premenstrual Stress (PMS) or Premenstrual Dysphroic Disorder (PMDD)

Worsening symptoms of PMS due to low progesterone and/or high estrogen. PMS is more severe and lasts longer than ever, sometimes for weeks, sometimes all month long. PMDD is a severe form of PMS characterized by very severe anxiety, depression, and moodiness. Onset or worsening of Premenstrual migraines. Progesterone exerts a neurovascular effect in decreasing migraines caused by estrogens.

10. Low Libido

Changes in testosterone and increase in stress, poor sleep, and energy lead to a loss of sex drive.

11. Hair Loss

Changes in hormones, particular high DHEA and possibly low testosterone can cause thinning hair.

12. Hot Flashes &/or Night Sweats

As estrogen fluctuates from high to low unpredictably, it triggers hot flashes and night sweats. This is usually a late perimenopause sign but can occur in younger women too.

Twelve Signs You Are In Perimenopause

Are you having hot flashes or night sweats?

Maybe but this is usually a late perimenopause sign. Most perimenopausal women have too much estrogen so never have hot flashes until the onset of menopause.

If not, how do you know if you are starting perimenopause?

This is nothing your mother or doctor prepared you for. Increased anxiety, PMS, insomnia are the most common symptoms. Most women are told it’s stress or advised to start antidepressants.

Perhaps your periods are irregular?

This is how most women believe they are may be in perimenopause. I did! When I first had a late period in my 40s, I told my doctor. He said it was stress and had never heard of perimenopause.

I knew it wasn’t stress.

I’d never skipped a period since adolescence! I was over 7 days late and felt unusually very depressed. Stress worsens perimenopausal symptoms, but it wasn’t just “stress.” When and my mood improved with the start of my period, I knew I was perimenopausal. I could treat myself and felt much better.

I’m Here to Help You Have an Easier Transition.

What Is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the period of change from menstruating to not. It can start as early as age 35. When it will happen depends on genetics and the amount of stress in your life. What will happen is individual. But one thing is for sure, no one has prepared women for perimenopause.

Most women were told to expect their periods to stop one day in their 40s or 50s. You may remember seeing your mother have a hot flash or seen some older women having them. But like I said earlier, most perimenopausal women don’t experience this for years to come, or never at all.

The most common symptoms are poor sleep, irregular periods, hair loss, and increased PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome.) Moodiness is common-all emotions can be heightened. It’s exhausting and lonely when you and those around you don’t understand why it’s happening.

Perimenopause Hormone Roller Coaster

Perimenopause is a hormone roller coaster.

It’s like a 2nd puberty on steroids, worse because it might include kids, a job, and aging parents! It doesn’t start one day and end the next. It can last for years!

There’s no need to suffer for years with perimenopause.

Get help now!

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Dr. Kimberly Brown ND is a specialist in perimenopause. She has helped thousands of other women through perimenopause and beyond.

Dr. Kimberly Brown, ND, LAc
Naturopathic Doctor
(408) 357-3422
San Jose Integrative Medicine
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