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We’re looking to raise awareness around perimenopause – the transitional period into menopause, while highlighting the importance of research, education, and combating global stigma.

Our study shows that 9/10 women didn’t recognise that their symptoms were associated to perimenopause, and they instead attributed what they were feeling to ageing, stress, anxiety and depression.

Due to a lack of awareness, symptoms can often be attributed to lifestyle choices or another cause entirely, leading millions of women on a global scale to suffer in silence and isolation, with little to no direction on which way to turn. When the day-to-day becomes challenging, it can be a huge relief to join the dots and understand the connection between the symptoms and midlife hormone fluctuations.

When can Perimenopause begin?

Perimenopause usually begins when a woman is in her early to mid 40’s, typically 2-10 years before her periods stop. Due to the wide array of symptoms that can be experienced, it can often be difficult to join the dots and understand the link to fluctuating hormones.

The top 9 symptoms of perimenopause are:

  • Period Changes
  • Hot flushes & Night Sweats
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Brain Fog & Poor Concentration
  • Skin & Hair Changes
  • Mood Changes
  • Low Energy
  • Joint & Muscle Aches

Health & Her Expert Gynaecologist and Menopause Specialist, Anne Henderson, explains: “There is barely a part of the body oestrogen doesn’t effect. It affects the central nervous system, the skeleton, the cardiac system, the bladder, skin, nails, hair, teeth – everything is impacted. And it is the symptoms related to these areas that women primarily come forward with during the perimenopause.”

Understanding your symptoms and joining the dots

Health & Her offer a free online Symptom Tool based on the British Menopause Society’s most-common symptoms, which gives you access to expert advice and management solutions tailored to how you’re feeling.

In 3 simple steps you can select your symptoms, set the severity and generate a personalised report. Use the menopause symptom tool here: https://healthandher.com/symptom-tool/

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