Low estrogen causes fat to be stored around the midriff. The body does that because visceral fat (around the tummy) contains estrogen and the body is trying to compensate for the lower production of estrogen from the ovaries.
On average irregular periods, last 4 years but again, every woman is different. For some, this can take a decade or just a few months before your menstruation stops completely and you enter menopause.
Memory issues and difficulty concentrating experienced by women in their 40’s often referred to as brain fog is a perimenopause symptom.
Night sweats are recurring instances of intense perspiration which happen during your sleep. You wake often drenched in sweat so much that your nightgown and sheets are wet. At the same time, you have a feeling of being too hot that is often followed by a chill.
The fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone can cause mood swings, irritability and sometimes, even feelings of depression or anxiety. Think pre-menstrual symptoms on steroids!
Fatigue is the feeling that you are never rested and that you lack the energy to perform normal, everyday tasks. This something that almost 75% of women in perimenopause experience. Fatigue is that bone-deep feeling of exhaustion that makes life very difficult.
Insomnia is one of the most problematic menopause symptoms. What is it; What causes it; and how can you manage it?
If someone tells you that you are just imagining your hot flashes, they are 100% wrong. Hot flashes are very real and can be very uncomfortable.
Saying that life is not the same after menopause does not mean that you should fade away onto invisibility and stop being the beautiful vibrant you! On the contrary!