Pre-menopause is the time when the body of a woman stops producing eggs and brings an end to her menstrual cycle. Professionally, the first indication of menopause is called 'peri menopause'. The term peri means 'around' and this stage lasts a long time once the periods stop. It is not until a lapse of one year, since the last regular period, that actual menopause occurs. During this time, the menstrual cycle becomes irregular. Along with erratic periods, there are certain other signs and symptoms that indicate the start of 'peri menopause'.
Not all the women experience the same sign and symptoms of peri menopause, commonly known as pre menopause. The age at which these symptoms occur is also varied among women. For some women, symptoms of pre-menopause start when they are in their early thirties, while others may notice menopausal signs in their forties only. There are also some women who do not experience any symptoms during pre menopause stage, though they are not in a majority. Read on to explore more on the signs and symptoms of pre-menopause.
Pre- Menopause Symptoms
- Aching and sore joints
- Appetite Changes
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Change in libido
- Cold hands and feet
- Depression, irritability
- Difficulty in either getting to sleep or staying asleep
- Dry skin and/or hair loss
- Heart palpitations (however, if you face any heart disturbance, consult a physician)
- Hot flashes, night sweats, coldness
- Increase in allergies
- Irregular periods that can be heavy or light, have shorter or longer cycles
- Itchy, 'crawly' skin
- Loss of or decreased sexual desire
- Migraine headaches
- Mood changes, anxiety
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal dryness and/or painful intercourse
- Weight gain
Women afflicted with pre menopause symptoms experience different symptoms each cycle. They may suffer from depression in one cycle and anxiety in the next one. For most women pre menopause symptoms are found every month, marked with different level of uneasiness. It is important to understand the intensity and frequency of these symptoms as any change in them may point to serious health issues. Generally, the premenstrual symptoms should be present at some time in ten days before the beginning of menstrual periods and should discontinue at least one week before ovulation or menses. While symptoms such as muscle cramps, mood swings, depression, irritability, anxiety, nausea, bloating and overeating are common in the premenstrual stages, signs of panic attacks, dizziness, low self-esteem and muscle spasms are unusual and require consultation or treatment.
Though many women do not find the necessity of relieving the pre menopause symptoms, many others may need to consult doctors for cure. In normal circumstances, women just have to wait for the phase to get over, but in extreme situations they may have to change their lifestyles, exercise regularly or consume herbal medicines as cure to their ailments. It helps them remain calm during their menstrual cycles by lessening the pain.