What to expect during perimenopause

Perimenopause can be described as the period of time before a woman experiences menopause. This can takes place from two to 10 years before menopause, and symptoms may vary from one woman to the next.

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Common symptoms of perimenopause

Common symptoms of perimenopause may include changes in a woman’s menstrual flow (including frequency of periods), an increase in premenstrual symptoms, sleep disturbances, increased acne, irritability and moodiness, vaginal dryness, hot flushes and night sweats.

According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine in December 2014, on the comparison of biopsychosocial functioning of women of different nationalities in the perimenopausal period, it seems that Asian women tend to ‘cope better with the symptoms of menopause, with additional changes in lifestyle, relaxation, optimistic thinking and yoga. This further helps in reducing mood swings. You should however chat to your doctor first, before making any drastic changes to the level of physical activity in which that you are engaging.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.

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