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What are the symptoms of Perimenopause?

Oestrogen receptors are in every cell throughout a women’s body.  Consequently, as oestrogen declines during perimenopause, this can lead to a variety of symptoms, impacting both physical and mental health.  While some women may encounter only a few symptoms, others may face a multitude.

These symptoms can fluctuate over time, with some women noticing improvements in hot flashes and sweating while simultaneously experiencing new symptoms like low mood, anxiety, and fatigue.

Physical, mental and emotional perimenopause symptoms:

  • Irregular periods
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Feeling tired or lacking in energy
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Tinnitus
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Sore gums
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Needing a wee more often, or having leaks of urine
  • Vaginal dryness, soreness
  • More thrush, cystitis episodes
  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Poor sleep
  • Increased clumsiness
Mental / Emotional
  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling tense or nervous
  • Memory problems
  • Attacks of anxiety or panic
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in most things
  • Feeling unhappy or depressed
  • Crying spells
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of confidence
  • Reduced self-esteem
  • Brain fog
  • Loss of interest in sex and/or level of arousal