Here is a story of woman aged just 46, who has days when she feels she is losing her mind. Using sticky notes addressed to herself and greeting people with just “hello” combat problems of forgetfulness, but she is concerned that there is something really wrong with her.
Added to this, the general feeling of doom and gloom and difficulty sleeping, she comes to the conclusion that these are symptoms of Perimenopause, very real problems that so many women have to contend with.
Over time, experts have veered between two extremes – on the one hand attributing all problems of females of certain age to menopause and on the other dismissing any connection between the problems and menopause.
The truth is likely to be somewhere in the middle and most women report the following common problems in the transition period leading to menopause:
- Hot flashes
- Feeling like one has become a little slow on the uptake
- As many as 40% of women between the years 40 and 55 report having trouble falling asleep. This can become progressively worse.
- There can be a strange psychological distress as well as irritability, nervousness etc.
Women often find that there is comfort in finding that they are not alone in this experience and that these are very commonly experienced.