About the Symptoms
The symptoms of perimenopause are similar to those of menopause. These include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, increased urinary tract infections, vaginal dryness, painful sex, mood changes, increased irritability, depression and anxiety, weight gain, difficulty with weight loss, loss of bone strength, and loss of muscle strength, to name a few.
The symptoms of perimenopause can also mimic the symptoms of other diseases and health conditions, including, but not limited to thyroid problems.
It is important to remember that the symptoms of perimenopause occur on a continuum. The symptoms during the early years of perimenopause are generally milder and may include only changes in your menstrual cycle. Your period becomes lighter or more infrequent.
In the later years of perimenopause, the symptoms tend to be more severe. These symptoms can include all of those listed above.
To know that you’re in perimenopause, it’s first important that you see your doctor to ensure that all other health conditions that could be causing your symptoms are ruled out.
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi