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Understanding Perimenopause: A Friendly Guide

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2nd September 2023
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As women, our bodies go through numerous transitions throughout our lifetime. One such significant phase, often shrouded in mystery, is perimenopause. We need to demystify this stage of life, delving into what it is, whom it affects, and the symptoms associated with it.

1. What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the transitional period leading up to menopause, the point when a woman’s menstrual periods stop permanently. This transition is marked by a gradual decline in the production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Unlike menopause, which is a distinct point in time, perimenopause can span several years. It’s akin to a bridge connecting our reproductive years to a new chapter of life.

2. Who does Perimenopause Affect?

While every woman’s experience is unique, most begin to encounter perimenopause in their 40s. However, it’s worth noting that some women can start this phase as early as their mid-30s. Genetics play a significant role; if your mother or grandmother began perimenopause at a particular age, you might find a similar timeline in your journey. But remember, every woman’s body is unique, and there’s no fixed schedule.

3. Symptoms of Perimenopause

The manifestations of perimenopause can vary widely, but there are some common symptoms many women report:

  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles: Your periods might become unpredictable—longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter.
  • Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: These sudden sensations of heat can come without warning and can be accompanied by sweating, especially during the night.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep is not uncommon.
  • Mood Changes: Fluctuations in hormones can influence mood, potentially leading to feelings of irritability, sadness, or anxiety.
  • Vaginal Dryness: Lower estrogen can cause vaginal tissues to lose lubrication and elasticity.
  • Other Symptoms: I have a free perimenopause symptom checklist and tracker with over 100 symptoms (not to scare you, of course, but to give you a comprehensive list). You can download it here:

It’s essential to remember that not every woman will experience all these symptoms, and their intensity can vary from person to person.

4. Embracing the Transition

Perimenopause is a natural progression in a woman’s life. While its symptoms might sometimes feel challenging, understanding them can arm us with the tools to manage and even embrace this phase. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider and discussions about your experiences can help tailor a journey that’s most comfortable for you. Remember, there’s strength in seeking knowledge and sharing our stories.

Thank you for joining us on this journey of understanding and embracing the changes our bodies undergo. If you would like to join my FREE perimenopause support group, you can do that here:

In the group upcoming emails we dive deeper into various aspects of women’s health and well-being. We’re in this together.
Buckets full of love, Kate x