Ladies, we all know what the menopause is, but did you know that our bodies enter a stage called perimenopause as much as 10 years before the ‘true’ menopause (which we don’t ‘officially’ enter until we haven’t had a period for 12 months). Read on to learn more about the perimenopause, and learn even more about it from a singing uterus in the video below (yes really!)…
10 Facts About Perimenopause You Should Know
- Perimenopause can start up to 10 years before the ‘true’ menopause, and is the time when the ovaries start to produce less oestrogen.
- The average length of perimenopause is 4 years, but it can last anywhere from a few months to 10 years.
- Some of the symptoms of perimenopause are very similar to those of the menopause so it’s easy to get the two mixed up.
- You can still get pregnant during the perimenopause – if you don’t want to become pregnant, it’s important to use contraception for at least 12 months after your last period.
- The most common symptoms are problems sleeping, irregular periods, hot flushes, tender breasts and decreased libido.
- Perimenopause can also cause gynaecological symptoms such as vaginal dryness (also called vaginal atrophy), stress incontinence and urgency as the pelvic floor muscles weaken.
- As an addition to fact #6, therefore it’s really important to do your pelvic floor exercises before, during and after perimenopause to avoid embarrassing leaks.
- If you’re concerned about any perimenopause symptoms, or you’re not sure whether you have entered this stage, your doctor can run tests to check your hormone levels.
- Perimenopause can cause mood changes that feel like really bad PMS, not everyone suffers, but if you do, talk to someone who can help.
- You can learn more about the perimenopause from a singing uterus (really!) in the video below… enjoy!