Aside from the symptoms we have already mentioned, here is information about other signs of perimenopause.
Perimenopause Hot Flashes
Because perimenopause hot flashes are the most annoying symptom for most women, let’s focus on those a bit more.
Hot Flashes are also called vasomotor symptoms. This medical term means that they are related to the activity of the blood vessels. When more blood is pumped to the outside of the body you will feel the familiar flushing, sweating and even a rapid heart rate. This is part of the normal system to regulate your body temperature.
Estrogen is involved in the regulation of the body temperature and any drastic change in normal estrogen levels interrupts the proper function of this and many other body functions.
Once the estrogen levels stabilize again at low levels, the body adapts and the hot flashes disappear (at least for most women). This process can take several years, well into post menopause.
Perimenopause Weight Gain
If you are used to being able to easily drop a couple of pounds, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise – one of the signs of perimenopause.
You will find that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to shed the pounds. Perimenopause weight gain will become a never ending battle.
There are several reasons for perimenopause weight gain:
- Slow down in metabolism due to the drop in estrogen
- Loss of muscle due to declining testosterone levels
- Adrenal fatigue
- Insulin resistance
Other Signs of Perimenopause
Palpitations in perimenopause are common and can be very frightening. Many women believe that they are having heart disease or even a heart attack. But in most cases, they are just related to effect of erratic estrogen levels on the heart rate.
Another cause of the palpitations in perimenopause is anxiety. Anxiety and even panic attacks are common symptoms of perimenopause and are again related to the changes in the hormones.
It is also not uncommon for women to have perimenopause depression, which is much more than just the “normal” mood changes that many women have as part of PMS. Major hormone changes are common triggers fordepression, and menopause certainly fits this pattern.
You may also experience your first problems with insomnia. Perimenopause is not just a time of great stress, a sure sleep killer, but also the time when night sweats can rob you of your sleep.
The decline in progesterone is usually to blame for insomnia in perimenopause.
A Word about Birth Control Pills and Perimenopause
Many women, who have taken birth control pills for years find that they begin to develop some side effects such as high blood pressure.
The risks associated with birth control pills will go up with age. Another risk that will increase is the development of thrombosis.
If you are still taking birth control pills, discuss with your health care provider if it is still ok to continue.
Keep in mind that your body needs a lot of time (up to 18 months) to adjust when you stop the pill. In the article about perimenopause treatments you can find some herbs that will help you with this transition.