Symptoms of the menopause are widely researched and well known – but what if you’re suffering from perimenopausal symptoms? Would you know?
Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to the menopause, and you may be affected by symptoms of this without realising. After all, not many of us have even heard of this term.
So – what are the symptoms? They can include everything from depression, hair loss, anxiety, itchy skin, dizzy spells, disturbed sleep and issues with memory loss – most of which are treated as separate issues and not diagnosed as symptoms linked to perimenopause. Not all are likely to affect you though; your body’s sensitivity to oestrogen and progesterone hormone levels determines the number and severity of symptoms. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the typical treatment and often proves effective, although some experts warn that symptoms are not always caused by hormonal fluctuations but could be a result of thyroid issues which will therefore not respond to HRT treatments.
If you think you may be experiencing any perimenopausal symptoms don’t feel you have to just ‘put up’ with them – seek medical advice; your doctor will be able to investigate further and look at the best course of treatment.
Equally you should not ignore any menopausal symptoms you might be experiencing, which can include uncomfortable night sweats and hot flushes. In addition to seeking medical advice you can also now buy a whole host of products which can help to combat these symptoms, including herbal medicines, temperature-regulating bedding (check out our Breathe range of duvets and pillows) and cooling gel pads.
If you want more information on this topic and real-life stories and examples from perimenopausal sufferers, please visit Jo Waters’ blog issue here:http://whatsupwithyourhealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/are-you-perimenopausal/