We’re sure by now you have heard of perimenopause, whether a family member has been through it, you’re going through it or just knowing one day, it’s going to happen to you can seem scary enough. But it doesn’t have to be.
Part of our ethos here at niix is to make sure everyone has all the tools and information to totally boss menopause in any stage of life.
Make sure you check out our Instagram as we will beginning a series of ‘The Menopause Chat’ featuring specialists in menopause and women who have been through it all before, spilling the tea on their experiences and what to expect.
But for now, let’s get down to basics; what is perimenopause?
Perimenopause occurs months or years before actual menopause takes place. This can be a confusing time as you may still continue to have your period and it is often the time where you will experience many menopausal symptoms. Once you have had 12 consecutive months without a period then menopause is usually confirmed.
Here are some simple good-to-know facts on perimenopause;
- Perimenopause is the first stage of the menopause transition.
- One of the first signs of perimenopause is irregular periods
- It can begin in your 30s and last between 3-8 years.
- You can still get pregnant during perimenopause
- The average age women experience menopause between 40-58.
Beginning your perimenopause journey can seem quite daunting and scary. There is no comprehensive list of symptoms as they vary greatly and can affect each woman differently.
Even though there are many symptoms, there is also a lot you can do to help alleviate your symptoms and not let it get in the way of your day-to-day life!
From sharing experiences with women like us and lots of research we have put together some of the common symptoms women with perimenopause have experienced:
- Vaginal dryness – women who experience vaginal dryness often have painful sex and/or a low libido
- Night sweats and fatigue – night sweats can interfere with your sleep and wake you up during the night. Fatigue may also affect you dropping back off to sleep.
- Hot flashes – this is one of the most common symptoms where a woman will experience an intense and sudden wave of heat accompanied by sweating and a fast heartbeat.
- Low confidence – women who are going through perimenopause may experience anxiety and low confidence during this time.
- Monthly period changes – during perimenopause periods tend to change a little, whether that being heavier than usual or skipping a period here and there, it is all part of the menopause journey
Mood changes – irritability or rage can happen during perimenopause, if you are experiencing these symptoms, it would be good if you could talk to someone you trust about this.
Perimenopause can be a long bumpy journey, but you’re not alone. There are many websites, groups within your local community and online community, as well as health professionals and families who are eager to help you through this.
Take a look at our new niix.fit app where we share exercises specifically tailored to women going through their menopause journey.
With workouts to help bone and muscle strength to easy weight management techniques that’ll have you feeling more like ‘you’ in no time.
Let us know your experience in the comments below and any tips you may have!