In a recent study we found that 9/10 women didn't recognise that their symptoms were associated to perimenopause, and instead, attributed what they were feeling to ageing, stress, anxiety and depression.
This World Menopause Day we want to support women who are feeling lost and going through the perimenopause. No two women’s experience is the same, and being aware and able to recognise that your symptoms might be down to fluctuating hormones is the first step to managing them.
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 your fluctuating hormones.
Symptoms can include:
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.
“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.”
Our free online Symptom Tool is based on the British Menopause Society's most-common symptoms, and gives you access to expert advice and management solutions tailored to what you're feeling.
In 3 simple steps you can select your symptoms, set the severity and generate a personalised report. You can also come back and track your symptoms over time.
"I lean back against the shelves, drop my bags & start to sob. It’s May 2013, I’m 48 and in Tesco’s with my sons, then 16 & 12. I’m crying in the biscuit aisle, looking at the chocolate hob nobs and wondering how my life has come to this. Anxious and overwhelmed, I’m desperate for a good night’s sleep...With hindsight, I realise I was experiencing the perimenopause - something I knew absolutely nothing about at the time."
Read Jo's story
"I worry that some of the negative physical and emotional effects of the perimenopause may impact on my ability to be good parent. I don’t expect or aspire to be perfect but I sometimes fret that I am too ‘shouty’ as my tolerance levels and temper are significantly shorter these days."
Read Diane's story
"The last eighteen months have certainly been memorable. Feeling dizzy, off my food, and increasingly anxious, I gained the courage to talk it all over with a doctor, it transpired that I was anaemic, my blood pressure was high and I was peri-menopausal."
Read Karen's story
From campaigning to help women get access to expert information, to sharing your own personal story - your support can help millions of women from around the world to join the dots and take on the change together.
This month we're giving you 10% off across our entire range of perimenopause and menopause products, and we're also donating 10% of all sales to Wellbeing of Women - a UK charity dedicated to improving the health of women by funding medical research into reproductive and gynaecological health.
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