MENOPAUSE FACTS – How do I know I am in Peri-Menopause?

Just for clarity Peri-menopause is the time leading up to your last period. During this time you may (or may not!) start to feel the changes associated with an unbalanced endocrine system both on a physical and psychological level.

Most women think that the only symptom they will experience is a change in their menstral cycle, however, there are no less than 33 possible other symptoms which you may (or may not!) be experiencing in the run up to that last period.

Symptoms:

Hot Flushes, Night sweats, irregular periods, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, mood swings, tiredness, hair loss, sleep problems, lack of concentration, memory problems, dizziness, weight gain, incontinence, bloating, allergies, brittle nails, changes in odor, irregular heart rate, depression, Anxiety, irritability, panic disorder, breast pain, headaches, joint pain, burning tongue (!), feelings of electric shock, Digestive disorders, gum problems, muscle tension, itchiness of the skin, tingling of the extremities, osteoporosis.

How do you know it is your last period?

The main signal is going without a period for at least 12 months.

When a woman’s FSH blood level is consistently elevated to 30 mIU/mL or higher, and she has not had a menstrual period for a year, it is generally accepted that she has reached menopause.

However, it depends on the time of the month you actually have this test as to the levels of your FSH, so is therefore not definitive.

Knowing your own body