35 Symptoms of Perimenopause

Portrait of a Perimenopausal Woman about photo of me flexing my bicep

Maybe my portrait is at odds with the list of symptoms. Maybe not. Mostly been feeling irritable. Sick of being irritable. Sick of having to warn my husband that I’m in a bad mood. Ready for menopause. Ready for this interminable period of transition to end.

From Healthline.com

  • Hot flashes, hot flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings, sudden tears
  • Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
  • Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Crashing fatigue
  • Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  • Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
  • Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
  • Disturbing memory lapses
  • Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
  • Increased tension in muscles
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache change: increase or decrease
  • Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
  • Sudden bouts of bloat
  • Depression
  • Exacerbation of existing conditions
  • Increase in allergies
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
  • Dizziness, vertigo, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
  • Changes in body odor
  • Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Gum problems, increased bleeding
  • Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
  • Osteoporosis (after several years)
  • Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
  • Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, ‘whooshing,’ buzzing etc.

via 35 Symptoms of Perimenopause.

44 thoughts on “35 Symptoms of Perimenopause

  1. OH Kitt,
    I use to long for Menopause. Or at least the end of my periods. Which started 3 months into my 10TH year. Yes, I started my period when I was 10.
    I won’t go into details (at least not many)
    I suffered terrible cramps etc…..
    I had my first Hotflash…in Church of all places… when I was 32.
    I turned 50 and shortly thereafter my fairly Normal “Bitchy” moods were suddenly off the charts.
    I officially was menopausal by 53.
    I am 56 and I am having my worse symptoms yet, most of the ones you listed.
    Poor Danny. He never knows what mood I will be in from one moment to the next.
    Hot flashes are TERRIBLE and ALL DAY and Night. And the ITCHY all over is embarrassing,
    You have my prayers,

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  2. Julie May 22, 2015 / 6:02 am

    When I was perimenopausal I longed to be done with it all. Now that I am, I can tell you that menopause brings problems of its own. It turns out just about every system in your body needs estrogen to function properly, hence the long and varied list of symptoms. All I’m saying is don’t be too quick to wish away what little estrogen you have left.

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