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.
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.
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.
Perimenopause can also bring a new feeling of becoming invisible and even nonessential. Many of us feel that our worth has declined by the mere fact that our children have grown and don’t need us as they used to. We face the challenge of redefining our purpose and goals.