Perimenopause Information

Supporting women going through all stages
of perimenopause and onwards.

Welcome To The Fabulous and Very Unpredictable World of Perimenopause (Pre-menopause)

Perimenopause Support - Gaynor and Vicki
Gaynor & Vicki, Founders’ of Perimenopause Suppport

It’s like the hormonal rollercoaster decided to throw a party, and you’re the guest of honor. But fear not, because we’re here to guide you through this adventure with a sprinkle of humor  and a dash of wisdom to see you safely on the other side.

Perimenopause is like the pre-game warm-up before menopause takes center stage. It’s that magical time when your body decides to shake things up  just to keep life interesting. Think of it as the hormonal equivalent of a disco ball – things may get a little flashy, but there’s always a groovy rhythm underneath. Or a tapas a diverse array of new and sudden body experiences.

During perimenopause, your hormones might decide to play hide and seek. One day you’re the picture of serenity, and the next day you’re wondering why you just cried during a cat food commercial. Hot flashes may join the party, making you feel as though you’ve just stepped into a full-on sauna, when you’re just out grocery shopping.

But hey, it’s not all mood swings and sudden bursts of heat. Perimenopause also comes with its own set of superpowers. You might discover a newfound appreciation for taking life in stride and a talent for mastering the art of letting go – especially of those pesky little things that used to drive you crazy.

Perimenopause Symptoms’ Check List

We’ve listed below the main symptoms of perimenopause (pre-menopause) which can occur in any order and at any time from your mid 40s onwards, although they can start earlier. This list isn’t exhaustive and many women will experience different symptoms – joint ache, rashes, needing to pee more often, heart palpitations a
nd many more. You can print a copy of this list here – Perimenopause Symptoms Check List Download.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Perimenopause

Q1: What is perimenopause?
A: Perimenopause is the transitional phase leading to menopause, during which a woman’s body undergoes hormonal changes, typically occurring in her 40s but sometimes starting in the late 30s. It marks the end of the reproductive years and is characterized by irregular menstrual cycles and various symptoms related to fluctuating hormone levels.

Q2: How long does perimenopause last?
A: Perimenopause can last for several years, with an average duration of 4 to 8 years. However, the length varies from woman to woman.

Q3: What are the common symptoms of perimenopause?
A: Common symptoms include irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, changes in libido, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness. Each woman may experience a unique set of symptoms, and their intensity can vary.

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Q4: Can perimenopause start earlier than the late 30s?
A: Yes, perimenopause can begin earlier for some women, even in their late 30s. Genetics, lifestyle factors, and individual health can influence the timing of perimenopause.

Q5: Are there medical tests to confirm perimenopause?
A: No specific test definitively diagnoses perimenopause. However, healthcare providers may evaluate symptoms, menstrual patterns, and hormone levels to make an informed diagnosis.

Q6: How can I manage perimenopausal symptoms?
A: Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management, and adequate sleep can help alleviate symptoms. Hormone therapy and other medications may also be recommended by healthcare professionals.

Q7: Are there risks associated with perimenopause?
A: While perimenopause is a natural phase, it may bring an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. Regular health check-ups and a healthy lifestyle can help manage these risks.

Q8: Can perimenopause affect mental health?
A: Yes, perimenopausal hormonal fluctuations can impact mood and mental well-being. It is not uncommon for women to experience mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression during this phase.

Q9: Can I still get pregnant during perimenopause?
A: Yes, it is still possible to get pregnant during perimenopause, although fertility declines. Birth control methods may be necessary for women who do not wish to conceive.

Q10: When does perimenopause end, and menopause begin?
A: Perimenopause ends when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, marking the onset of menopause. After this, the postmenopausal phase begins.

Q11: Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) safe during perimenopause?
A: Hormone replacement therapy may be considered to manage severe symptoms, but its safety depends on individual health factors. Consult with a healthcare professional to discuss potential risks and benefits. 

Q12: Which are the most common supplements that help with perimenopause symptoms?
A: Black Cohosh, Red Ginseng, Red Clover, Ginkgo Biloba, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamins B, C and D, 

Q13: Can lifestyle changes help with perimenopausal weight gain?
A: Yes, adopting a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, can help manage weight gain during perimenopause.

Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance on perimenopause-related concerns.

AND REMEMBER – IT DOES PASS.

Elaine, Gaynor’s Mum,72


You will realise one day that you can remember your shopping list and your kid’s names. You will be able to sleep through the night, have the heating on and swing from the chandeliers again.

Life after menopause is like being handed the keys to a well-deserved vacation. You’ve entered the era of “I do what I want when I want,” where your decisions are fueled more by desire than hormones. Want to take up salsa dancing at 60? Go for it! Dreaming of backpacking through exotic locales? Your bags are already packed.

And let’s not forget the perks of being post-menopausal – no more monthly surprises, and you’ve officially retired from the tampon and pad aisle. It’s a freedom that deserves its own victory dance.

So, here’s to life after menopause – where laughter lines are the only lines that matter, and you’re the leading lady in a story filled with self-discovery, adventures, and the occasional eye roll at the memories of hormone-induced escapades. Welcome to the fabulous chapter where you truly become the captain of your ship