Are you nearing menopause, yet occasionally experience symptoms as if you were menstruating, such as period type cramps or bloating? It’s not actually that uncommon and it’s definitely nothing to worry about unless you are experiencing ongoing pain or you have an underlying health issue.
As you enter perimenopause, (the time leading up to menopause when your hormones start to reduce), you might notice that you are getting menstrual cramps without actually having a period. Again, this is very common and you might also experience other symptoms such as breast tenderness or changes in emotions. At this point your body is still going through a monthly cycle, but you might not have enough hormones to result in a bleed.
What Else Can Happen During Perimenopause
One of the first signs that you are perimenopausal is a missed period. As your estrogen and progesterone levels slowly drop, you will no longer have regular monthly periods. However, they do not simply stop altogether overnight, the process can take years, so you might not have a period for a couple of months, then all of sudden you will. You are considered officially menopausal when you haven’t had a single period for 12 months.
Many women feel like they are losing control as they enter this stage in their lives. Your body is transitioning and with that you might feel anxious, dizzy or even depressed. These are symptoms that aren’t spoken about as much amongst women, but they are often the worse, affecting your mental state and increasing stress. Not only that, but fatigue can also take-over, so if you notice a considerable dip in energy this could be why.
Some women report a more uncomfortable time during perimenopause, as opposed to menopause itself, but every woman’s journey is different. If you’ve ever wondered why some women suffer more than others, you might like to read our previous blog post on this topic.
Of course you have come to the LadyCare blog, which means we have a solution, that is proven to help up to 71% of women with 24 symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. This includes the more common symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and weight gain to name just a few.
If you are concerned by any changes within your body, it’s advisable to visit your doctor, just for peace of mind. It’s amazing how we think we know our bodies by the time we reach this age, yet suddenly we feel very unsure of ourselves. Just be safe in the knowledge that you are not alone in this feeling.