10 Common Symptoms of Perimenopause

Denise Sre Blog

May 5, 2009

Perimenopause is the symptom of the cessation of the reproductive system of a woman which is the indication of termination of the menstrual period for 12 consequent months. The most prominent symptom of Perimenopause is fluctuating menstrual cycles, which indicates the decrease of reproductive capabilities. For some this may be worrisome especially to those who are about to reach the age, but it is a normal natural procedure in which the estrogen level starts decreasing rapidly. This is a sign of hormone imbalance.

Due to less or no ovulation before menopause, perimenopause symptoms appear. In a healthy and ovulating woman, estrogen is produced during the first part and progesterone is produced during the later part of the monthly cycle. If there is no ovulation then there will be no progesterone produced. Perimenopause can occur due to lack in progesterone production and hormonal imbalance.

There are many symptoms of pre-menopause that a woman has to suffer from. Ten most common symptoms observed during Perimenopause are:

·        Mood swings, depression and anxiety
·        Hot flashes and night sweats,
·        Vaginal dryness,
·        Tender Breasts,
·        Weakened finger nails,
·        Water Retention and Unexplained Weight Gain
·        Sleep problems,
·        Thinning hair, or hair loss and increased facial hair,
·        Itchy skin, crawly sensation on skin,
·        Aches and pains in muscle and joints

Above mentioned symptoms of perimenopause indicate that woman is reaching the age of menopause and her monthly menstrual cycle is coming to a complete stop. Symptoms differ from woman to woman and can affect women differently.

Pre-menopause is an inevitable and natural process but it also a distressful stage in a woman’s life. It affects every woman in a different manner. The symptoms of pre-menopause may last for months or can last for a few years only.

All the above mentioned symptoms lead to many difficult situations and make her susceptible to illness. Therefore, it is advisable for every woman to see a doctor when this stage starts as some symptoms can lead to major complication like; night sweats can result in lack of sleep which in return can cause tiredness and fatigue. In this way one symptom can lead to another. Only a good doctor can help and suggest best remedies to lessen the pain of these symptoms and lead a better after menopause life.

Comment from Leslie

Excellent resource for women going into menopause.  The severity of peri-menopausal symptoms have a lot to do with how whacked out your endocrine system is after 30 plus years of living against your normal, natural hormone cycle.  Natural progesterone and other hormone balancing therapies will be very beneficial in making this transition into another natural life phase easier.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.