The transition into menopause is a major milestone in a woman’s life, so you want to make sure you’re prepared for this change. But how do you know when perimenopause is around the corner?
The good news is that there are plenty of signs that let you know it’s time for menopause:
Irregular periods. If your periods have been irregular for at least a year, chances are that you’re entering perimenopause. Some women experience irregular bleeding with PMS, but if it persists and becomes heavier and longer than usual, it could be a sign of impending menopause.
- Hot flashes. Hot flashes are probably the most common symptom of perimenopause and menopause. These hot flashes can last anywhere from several seconds up to several minutes at a time, and they may feel like heat waves or sudden bursts of warmth throughout your body. They sometimes come with chills and sweating as well. Hot flashes may occur during the day or night, but they typically happen when you’re resting or sleeping.
- Mood swings. Many women also experience drastic mood swings during this stage of life — some days they’re happy as can be, while other days they feel like nothing could make them happier than curling up in bed with a pint of ice cream and Netflix marathon session (no judgments). Mood swings are due to fluctuating levels of hormones
- Your body will change. This may lead to thinning hair and skin as well. Some people experience weight gain during menopause. Also, your body composition may change, with an increase in belly fat and a decrease in muscle mass.
- During menopause, some women notice a decrease in sexual desire or trouble becoming aroused. Some women report feeling free and more comfortable with sex because they no longer have to worry about becoming pregnant.