What’s PeriMenopause / PreMenopause?

Puberty prepared your body to make eggs each month (because that’s the function of a woman’s body), perimenopause prepares your ovaries to decrease their production of eggs and stop your periods. It’s like puberty, but in reverse!

 

How long does this stage take?

  • It takes place over several years in advance of the menopause (4-10 in fact)
  • It’s frequently the time when we experience the most common symptoms
  • It often takes place while we still have periods and can lead to a lot of confusion.

 

What age does Perimenopause/Premenopause start?

In your late 30’s and 40’s, your oestrogen and progesterone levels will start dropping and start re-aligning, making changes in your hormones over a number of years.

You might be told by the doctor that you’re “too young”, “too old”, “depressed” or “stressed” and need anti-depressants.  Or that you have to go at least 12 months without a period. This doesn’t help…

  • You know your body better than anyone.
  • The more you know about this stage and have support, the easier it will be for you.
  • Generally, the younger you went through puberty, the younger you’ll most probably go through the menopause.
  • Menopause is expected around the age of 51.

 

PreMenopause means you still have periods which, regular or not, are due to changes in your hormones, (so you can still get pregnant), but don’t have the ‘symptoms’ of menopause (see below).

 

PeriMenopause is the most common stage that women go through and there are many different symptoms that you could suffer with.

The most common signs of menopause is covered under a separate article on this website ‘The Top 34 Symptoms of Menopause’, which I strongly advise you read, so that you’ll be prepared and take away the fear that you’re going ‘mad’!

With a natural menopause (not a total hysterectomy), symptoms won’t all come at once, but one after the other as your body goes through this transition and many women tackle them, as they come along, using natural methods and where we can help you in our closed Facebook group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MenopauseHelp/

It’s important for you to know that the way you approach, manage, and have support during this perimenopause stage of your life is HUGE. It’s as effective as treatment or therapy and makes this journey a lot, lot easier for you and how you come out the other side a confident, vibrant, beautiful woman.