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.

Who, Me, Perimenopausal?

How long does perimenopause last, anyway? I, for one, am sick of it.

Learn about perimenopausal depression during Women's Health Week with NIMH expert Dr. Peter Schmidt. Twitter Chat May 13, 11 am ET #NIMHChats

Tomorrow! NIMH Twitter Chat on Perimenopausal Depression – May 13

05/12/2015
While transitioning into menopause, women experience various physical, psychological, and social changes that may affect their quality of life. This transition period is known as perimenopause, which has been found to be a time of vulnerability for women to develop depression. Learn more about perimenopausal depression during our Twitter chat tomorrow on May 13th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. Please use #NIMHChats to follow the discussion and ask questions.