Perimenopause Symptoms

Perimenopause symptoms otherwise known as menopause transition are the stage wherein physical changes occur in women to prepare for menopause.

When a woman doesn’t experience any menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, it is known as menopause. A woman can tell if she is experiencing perimenopause symptoms when she is undergoing changes in her menstrual periods. These changes typically occur several years before menopause symptoms appear. Pms symptoms occur because of changes in the levels of hormones produced by aging ovaries, which then leads to irregular menstrual patterns and hot flashes. Other changes include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, a change in sexual desire, vaginal dryness, forgetfulness, mood swings, and night sweats.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome wherein symptoms of depression and irritability occur prior to menstruation.

Both premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder causes emotional and physical symptoms. However, in PMDD, the symptoms may be so severe that is causes disruption in the woman’s activities of daily living as well as problems with relationships. Around 8 percent of all women with PMS may progress to PMDD.