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What are the symptoms of perimenopause?


Asked by amessageofhope at 12:30 AM on Aug. 9, 2010 in Health

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  • •Hot flashes, night sweats, coldness
    •Irregular periods that can be heavy, light, shorter or longer cycles
    •Difficulty sleeping either getting to sleep or staying asleep
    •Mood changes, anxiety, depression, irritability
    •Heart palpitations (if you experience any heart disturbances, always consult a physician)
    •Dry skin and/or hair loss
    •Loss of or decreased sexual desire
    •Vaginal dryness
    •Incontinence -- the inability to hold your urine
    There are many other symptoms that women may experience during the perimenopause years. Sometimes the symptoms of perimenopause can be mimicked by other conditions -- commonly thyroid disorders, so it's important anytime you experience symptoms that are different for you that you consult your physician

    Answer by dullscissors at 12:45 AM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • I learned in nursing school that these symptoms can begin 8-10 years before you actually go through menopause.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 12:52 AM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • The answer from dullscissors is exactly correct, but need to also point out that some lucky women experience few or none of them. My only symptom was irregular periods. Never had the dreaded hot flash in my life.

    Answer by elasmimi at 7:54 AM on Aug. 9, 2010