Perimenopause

Do you have any of these problems? Check the symptoms you have.

  • changes in your menstrual cycle (longer or shorter periods, heavier or lighter periods, or missed periods)
  • hot flashes (sudden rush of heat from your chest to your head)
  • night sweats (hot flashes that happen while you sleep)
  • vaginal dryness
  • sleep problems
  • mood changes (mood swings, depression, irritability)
  • pain during sex
  • more urinary infections
  • urinary incontinence
  • less interest in sex
  • increase in body fat around your waist
  • problems with concentration and memory

These are all symptoms of perimenopause. It is the time leading up to menopause (when you have not had your period for twelve months). During perimenopause, your body starts making less of certain hormones (estrogen and progesterone), and you begin to lose the ability to become pregnant.