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When Do Menopause Symptoms Start?

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Most women go through menopause in their late 40s or early 50s, but usually menopause symptoms start during perimenopause, which typically begins 10 years before the menopausal transition. During perimenopause, symptoms start to occur, and their severity is different for every woman.  However, approximately 30% of women won't experience any symptoms in the time leading up to menopause. Keep reading to find out more about when menopause symptoms start and how to deal with them.

During perimenopause, progesterone and estrogen levels drop and cause terrible symptoms.

When Do Menopause Symptoms Start?

For the majority of women, menopause symptoms start while they are still menstruating. Hormonal fluctuations that occur as the body prepares itself for menopause and the reproductive years coming to an end are the principal reasons that perimenopause and menopause symptoms begin.

During perimenopause, the ovaries become less and less active, which causes estrogen and progesterone levels to fall, and the resulting hormonal imbalance causes menopause symptoms to start.

When menopause symptoms start, they can be deceptive; many women may not realize that they are perimenopausal. If menopause symptoms start or you think they have started, then it's a good idea to talk to your doctor to learn more about this stage and how to deal with the sometimes bothersome symptoms.

Common Perimenopause Symptoms

Usually, when menopause symptoms start, they affect women in different ways and combinations. However, there are some that will affect the majority of women, including:

Hot flashes

Night sweating

Sleep disorders

Mood swings

Memory lapses

Vaginal dryness

Itchy skin

Irregular periods

Loss of libido

Irregular heartbeat

Hair loss


Some menopause symptoms start to affect a woman's quality of life and become a burden, so it's good to know how best to control them. Read on to learn more about managing menopause symptoms.

What to Do If Menopause Symptoms Start to Affect Your Life

When menopause symptoms start, they can be rather mild and easy to deal with. However, for some women, menopause symptoms become a real nuisance. When this happens, there are various ways to deal with your menopause symptoms. Start by eating more healthily and exercising regularly.

Combining this approach with alternative treatments is a great way to deal with menopause symptoms that start to become overwhelming.  Alternative therapies come in a range of forms, but herbal remedies continue to be the most popular; they are a practical option to treat the hormonal imbalance that occurs during perimenopause.

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