Are you perimenopausal?
The menopause isn’t something that just happens to women in their fifties. It’s preceded by a number of years during which hormonal upheaval occurs, causing a range of sometimes uncomfortable symptoms. This run-up to menopause (which refers to the end of menstruation) is known as the pre-menopause or perimenopause. Symptoms can vary widely, with some women being severely affected and others sailing through seemingly unscathed. To some degree, a woman’s experience of perimenopause and menopause itself will follow her own mother’s, so it can be helpful to talk to your mum if you start to experience unfamiliar symptoms or want an idea of how long things are likely to last.
Take the quiz to find out if you could be perimenopausal. For most women, symptoms start in their late forties, but it can happen earlier, with some thirty-somethings reporting changes, although this is uncommon. In any case, you should discuss your symptoms with your doctor, to rule out any other underlying problem.
By Hilary Pereira