Sometimes a woman at this time in her life can go to the doctor with the below highlighted symptoms and be inaccurately diagnosed with Depression.

PERIMENOPAUSE

The term “perimenopause” refers to the time when the effects of hormonal change start to become evident, with indications such as the disappearance after menstruation. These terms are used to refer to the menopausal transition phase before the effects solidify completely when the levels of reproductive hormones become more variable and the effects of these fluctuations are significant.

What About Premenopause?

You may also hear the term ‘Premenopause’, which can last for 10 years or more. This refers to the whole period preceding menopause (encompassing perimenopause) where a woman will still have periods (irregular and regular) and is still considered to be in her reproductive years. During this time running up to perimenopause there is often no noticeable change, despite underlying hormone changes. This premenopause stage encompasses the perimenopause stage, where symptoms become noticeable and ends one year after the last menstrual cycle – which is the official date of menopause.

When To Expect This Change
Women begin to experience symptoms of the menopause transition, or perimenopause as early as the age of 35, although most don’t become aware of the transition until they reach their mid to late forties. Often the timing of this phase is similar to the time when a woman’s mother went through the same transition. However, the length of time and severity of menopause-related symptoms for any individual woman cannot be predicted, and every menopause is unique. Genetic and environmental factors are an important factor in determining when a woman may enter the menopause/.
What are the Symptoms of Perimenopause?
Common symptoms during this phase of hormonal fluctuation can include:
Irregular periods
Periods that are heavier or lighter than usual
PMS
Fatigue
Mood swings
Insomnia
Anger and irritability
Anxiety
Heart palpitations
Memory loss
Hot flushes
Night Sweats
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
Anaemia
Weight gain
Bloating
Fluid retention
Breast tenderness
Aches and painful joints
Frequent headaches
Urinary incontinence
Vaginal dryness
Dry skin
Low libido