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Symptoms relating to the menopause (the perimenopause) can start up to 10 years before periods eventually stop. Here are a list of the more common issues...
  • Infrequent or absent periods β€” periods get less frequent and are lighter β€” its been over a year since the last one
  • Very heavy prolonged irregular periods β€” a period arrives unexpectedly and lasts for 2 weeks β€” the bleeding is heavier than you have ever had
  • Hot flushes and nightsweats β€” you go red and start sweating without any warning β€” you are the woman with the shortsleeved blouse on the train in the snow β€” the bedsheets are wet and you feel clammy then chilly at night in bed β€” your partner has more bedclothes
  • Urinary symptoms β€” going more often β€” not being able to hold on when you do need to go β€” leaking urine when you cough or sneeze
  • Anxiety and social phobia β€” panic attacks β€” palpitations β€” no interest in life and having fun β€” unable to feel happy when others are
  • Mood swings β€” one minute an angel, next the devil incarnate
  • Sleep disturbance β€” disturbed sleep even if not overly hot
  • Poor memory β€” lists and endless trips upstairs
  • Headaches β€” more severe and more frequent
  • Vaginal dryness β€” even if you are in the mood and foreplay is great
  • Decreased libido β€” you’d rather read a book
  • Weight gain β€” metabolism slows β€” poor sleep and anxiety fuel overeating β€” the diet that worked before simply doesn't β€” theres only so much exercise you can do and it doesn't seem to help β€” poor sleep and anxiety fuel overeating
  • Loss of breast fullness β€” the ski slope gets worse
  • Loss of fat in the labia β€” it becomes painful to ride a horse, or to go a long distance on a bike β€” the inner labia protrude
  • Joint pains β€” especially if you aren’t fit β€” hips, back and knees
  • Change in body shape β€” wider waist β€” increased tummy fat
  • Skin changes β€” dry skin and wrinkles β€” acne β€” contact allergies β€” crawling sensations or itching in the skin β€” burning tongue
  • Hair changes β€” thinning hair β€” loss of body hair β€” the tweezers are in overdrive - more facial fluff and a mini moustache
  • Nail changes β€” nails become brittle and grooved
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