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Perimenopause Symptoms - 10 Common Symptoms Of Perimenopause

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By Olinda Rola

Perimenopause symptoms are most often experienced by women in their late 30's, 40's or early 50's. The perimenopause symptoms such as fluctuating menstrual cycles can signal the slowing down of reproductive capabilities.

Perimenopause (or peri menopause) can be defined as the time before menopause. Menopause is the cessation of menstrual periods for twelve months in a row. Having symptoms of perimenopause can mean that the woman is getting closer to the age of menopause and the ending of monthly menstrual periods.

Here are common symptoms of perimenopause:

Changes in the Menstrual Cycle (menstrual flow can be heavier or lighter, longer or shorter time between periods, irregular flow) Lumpy or Tender Breasts Water Retention, Bloating Problems with Sleep "Foggy, Fuzzy" Thinking, Difficulty Concentrating Anxiety, Mood Swings, Depression PMS Hot Flashes, Night Sweats Vaginal Dryness Unexplained Weight Gain

Perimenopause and menopause will affect each woman differently. Your only one of the perimenopause symptoms may be that your period stops. However, you may have one or more of the other symptoms of perimenopause. Perimenopause symptoms can be experienced by a woman for a few months or they can last for years. Since the average age of menopause is 51, symptoms of perimenopause can appear in a woman's late 30's, any time in her 40's or early 50's.

During perimenopause, many women begin experiencing their first symptoms of hormone imbalance. How does hormone imbalance happen?

According to Harvard-trained physician Dr. John Lee, perimenopause symptoms appear because ovulation occurs less frequently or not at all in the years before menopause. When a woman is healthy and ovulating, estrogen is produced during the first part of the menstrual cycle and following ovulation, progesterone is produced during the latter part of the monthly cycle.

With ovulation required for the monthly production of progesterone, if there's no ovulation, no progesterone will be produced. With declining progesterone production, perimenopause can be the time women experience the onset of hormone imbalance, causing symptoms of perimenopause.

How can a woman tell if the symptoms of perimenopause are related to hormone imbalance? One way is to take a leading womens clinic test for hormone health and related perimenopause symptoms. The health test is free and it takes just a few minutes.

Copyright 2006 InfoSearch Publishing

About The Author: Take the womens hormone health test and learn more about additional menopause symptoms at www.safemenopausesolutions.com/menopausesymptoms.html - Olinda Rola is President of InfoSearch Publishing and the webmaster of www.safemenopausesolutions.com where you will find a variety of natural health articles for women.