*original article generated on Poise.com
Many women begin to experience signs and symptoms of menopause BEFORE actually going through it—these symptoms can actually start during a time called "PERIMENOPAUSE." The term perimenopause means before menopause or the termination of the menstrual cycle. This can occur anywhere from the mid- to late thirties to early forties or fifties. Women will usually start menstruating and stop menstruating around the same time as their mothers did, so it's a good idea to speak to our mothers about when and how they experienced menopause to get an idea of what we can expect.
Signs and symptoms of perimenopause can include irregular periods, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disruption, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you may be experiencing perimenopause and you should speak to your health care provider as there are treatment options available for you. It is also important for you to learn how to manage and recognize these symptoms of perimenopause to optimize your overall health, relationship health, and sexual health during this life transition.
Read more: Recognizing Early Signs of Menopause