Study Notes

Perimenopause in Early Adulthood

BTEC National

Last updated 23 Sept 2022

The perimenopause begins near the end of early adulthood. The ovaries start to make less oestrogen which results in a reduction of egg production. Perimenopause is the transitional stage that ends when the menopause starts. This is when the menstrual cycle completely stops.

Perimenopause lasts between 4- 10 years. The low production of oestrogen leads to several physical and emotional symptoms that can be difficult to manage.

The Symptoms of Perimenopause

  • Mood swings
  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of sex drive (libido)
  • Fatigue
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • The urgency to urinate more and urinating when coughing or sneezing
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings

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