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What is the difference between perimenopause and menopause?

Difference between Perimenopause and Menopause

Apart from a change in your menstrual cycle, what changes have you noticed?

What is the first symptom of perimenopause?

The first symptom is likely to be a change in your menstrual cycle. Your period may start earlier or later than usual. You may have a month period free and then find that the period is heavier next month.

Perimenopause is a vague time period surrounding the last years of a woman’s reproductive life. It begins with irregular periods.

There are 2 stages to perimenopause. The first is the early transition when the cycles are more or less regular. The second stage is the late transition when there are no periods for many months.

The reason for these transitions is because the ovaries are slowly beginning to make less oestrogen. Changes come on so gradually initially, that you may not be aware that you are perimenopausal.

The path towards menopause

The Path to Menopause

Perimenopause begins several years before menopause. A good way to look at the difference between perimenopause and menopause is to see it as a path towards menopause.

What are the signs of perimenopause?

Other than having irregular periods, the classic symptom of menopause is the hot flush.

There may be many other physical symptoms, such as night sweats, sleep disorders, hair loss or thinning, headaches, vaginal dryness, digestive issues including nausea, constipation, and bloating.

There may be emotional symptoms during perimenopause due to changes in hormones, such as worse PMT (pre-menstrual tension), fatigue, memory problems, poor concentration, mood swings, depression, or unexplained anxiety.

How will you know when you have reached menopause?

You will know when you have reached menopause as you would not have had a period for 12 months.

Once you have reached this stage, the hormone, Progesterone, is no longer produced. But there are still fluctuations in the hormone, oestrogen. After a year post-menopause, oestrogen levels re-stabilise at their permanent post-menopausal levels.

You may either have very few symptoms post-menopausally, or you may continue to experience some symptoms. During this stage menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, usually ease off, and the frequency and intensity lessen.

Did you know that homeopathy has a good track record in dealing with menopausal symptoms?

A study on the effectiveness of homeopathy shows the success of homeopathic treatments for perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. Homeopathic therapy was found to be useful in relieving menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, palpitation, depression, or insomnia.


Is homeopathy for you?

Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including menopausal issues. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you from getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.

Next steps

If you would like to speak to me about how homeopathy may help with menopausal issues I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.

I am always happy to hear from you.

Naziana x

Homeopath for Women's Health offering Homeopathy for Menopause


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