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Perimenopause Symptoms I Didn’t Know

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Seriously, how many pluses are there physically about turning fifty? Pretty much the only one women all look forward to is the end of periods. Ok, so we may have some hot flashes and some mood swings too. And to be honest, the mood swings I really don’t care about because it affects the people around me more than me.

But if that’s all I have to put up with, it sounds worth it to me if it signals the end of my monthly visitor. Well, surprise, surprise, there are more perimenopause symptoms than what TV has led me to believe and my mother never told me about that suck even more.

Perimenopause Symptoms

Sleep disruption.

I would kill to be able to sleep like a teenager again. I go weeks without sleeping properly. I actually believe this is the reason for most mood swings. I can’t seem to get a solid few hours without waking. And then it’s nearly impossible to fall back asleep, until it’s close to alarm time of course. I’m used to my husband’s snoring but a creak on the floor downstairs wakes me like a five alarm fire bell.

Bloating and Cramps.

Oh yay! I’m not actually getting a period but still get the bloating and cramping. Thank you uterus.

Heavy sudden periods.

At least when I was regular, I knew approximately when to expect my period and be prepared. But now, I can go three months without getting one and then all of a sudden have a huge whoosh as my insides empty out. And believe me, ain’t no size pad gonna be able to handle that.

And of course, you are totally caught off guard. The old adage still stands btw, if you are planning a vacation or have a physical scheduled, that is when you will get it.

P.S. Don’t let your supply run out yet and keep that spare in your purse too.

10 Freaking Years.

Perimenopause Symptoms can start as early as 30 and last anywhere from a few months(who are those bitches) to 10 years. Yes, you read that right. WTF!

Weight Gain.

The beginning of the middle age spread. Weight gain, apparently, is a common perimenopause symptom. All that work to stay active and eat right my entire life and now my body decides to do double time against me. Give me a break!

I am finally at a point in my life when I can slow down a bit. Great. Now let’s throw in a slower metabolism and hormonal changes to really pack on the pounds.

And this list is just for starters. Facial hair? I just figured out that the bearded lady was only an average woman going through menopause.

Many women experience a multitude of perimenopause symptoms. It’s no wonder they have mood swings. The rest of you are just going to have to deal with that. We deserve to be cranky.

See WebMD for more information about menopause and perimenopause symptoms here.

Feel free to share your experiences with this special time in your life.

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Wednesday 21st of April 2021

I’m 36 and started experiencing this last year. Hot flashes, insane cramping and acne 5-7 days before my period, shortened period, crazy mood swings, and NOW my breasts are shrinking. There’s not much there to begin with. I’m really saddened by it and feel alone since no one else I know that’s my age is dealing with this. Drs haven’t been willing to do hormone testing, they all say I’m too young to start Peri.

Elena Peters

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

I would go see another dr. My friend started around your age. Finally got a doctor to agree and test and lo and behold, she was right.


Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Hello I am 47 and have no idea what I am experiencing whether it is peri or straight on meno. Last year or so have had the heavy periods, brain fog, and moodiness and no desire for well you know....! I have a dr that is so hard to get into see and especially with the pandemic on... I refuse to go emerg! And as of last month I have been on blood thinners for DVT. My body is doing a number on meSo I am happy to have come across this blog to hear I am not going crazy!

Elena Peters

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Rest assured you are not! I’m glad you found the post useful.


Sunday 8th of March 2020

I’m almost 45 just went to ob/gyn said my estrogen was less than 9.5 have had day hot flashes , not bad lately , always been active now have the belly weight everyone talks about , can’t sleep and I’m always drained and tired during the day .. no period since December .. who all has been on HRT? My doctor recommended duavee but I’m just nervous taking anything due to all the risk and cancer warnings .. what have you all tried naturally or anything for that matter that has worked ? I’m new going through this so any advice will be nice


Monday 17th of February 2020

I’m 45 and don’t really get a whole lot of night sweats, I get heat flashes all day long. Anxiety kicks in with them and rapid heart rate, I thought I was going to die. No period for two months, but bloating and stomach pressure like no other! Thought I was losing my mind. I’m glad I’m not alone.

Janet Camilleri

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Night sweats ... taking forever to get to sleep ... and oh, what was the third thing I've noticed?! Oh yeah, vagueness! The joys ;-)

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