Ask yourself these 5 questions
• Do you have abnormally heavy periods? Excessive bleeding is common in women who are nearing menopause, but it may also be caused by uterine fibroids (benign tumours), so check with your doctor.
• Are your periods irregular? Menstrual irregularity is a hallmark of perimenopause.
• Have you gained weight recently? Most women put on extra weight with the approach of menopause.
• Are you experiencing hot flushes? These moment- to hour-long episodes of feeling quite uncomfortably warm, sometimes accompanied by skin flushing and perspiration, occur in about 45-80 percent of perimenopausal women in Western countries. Note, however, that abnormal sensations of heat can also occur in hyperthyroidism, a condition that affects some middle-aged women.
• Are you troubled by irritability, poor concentration, mood swings or forgetfulness? About two thirds of perimenopausal women in a recent study reported ‘sometimes’ or ‘often’ experiencing these symptoms. They are especially common among women who have a history of depression.