4 Indications of Perimenopause That Could Affect Unwanted Weight


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But piling on the pounds could be a symptom of perimenopause. Lower oestrogen levels, insulin resistance, a slower metabolism and an increase in the stress hormone cortisol can all cause you to. 4. Weight Loss strategies can do more harm than good.

Perimenopause creates an imbalance in the hormones which results in weight gain. Just following some in-trend diet plan or plan prescribed by an unauthorized, so-called dietitian, have the potential to make things worse. This will cause more harm than good. But piling on the pounds could be a symptom of perimenopause. Lower oestrogen levels, insulin resistance, a slower metabolism and an increase in the stress hormone cortisol can all cause you to carry a little extra.

WHETHER it’s in a biology class or from their own mum, most women are told that one day they will inevitably go through the menopause. Yet, the time in the run up to the change – known. The average length of perimenopause is 4 years, but for some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years.

Perimenopause ends when a woman has gone 12 months without having. Fluctuating weight can mess with your menstrual cycle, making your periods a lot shorter or lighter. That’s because when you gain weight, storing more fat in your body can affect your hormone. Perimenopause: symptoms, signs and treatment can trigger hot flushes and affect your mood, so try to avoid these. may also help. Perimenopause and pregnancy.

Our hormones and fat cells are part of a complex and comprehensive network responsible for metabolism, appetite, digestion, heat regulation, and detoxification. Any breakdown in communication along the way will result in symptoms like. For many women some of the signs really aren’t that clear, or can be dismissed as something else such as weight gain.

But piling on the pounds could be a symptom of perimenopause. Lower oestrogen levels, insulin resistance, a slower metabolism and an increase in the stress hormone cortisol can all cause you to carry a little extra weight. Some of the symptoms of perimenopause include. hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood changes, vaginal dryness, vaginal pain, and. pain with sexual intercourse.

Not all women experience all the symptoms of perimenopause to the same degree, and symptoms vary among women.

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Symptoms that are often proposed to be associated with perimenopause include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and weight gain.

“Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course” by Elizabeth D. Hutchison
from Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course
by Elizabeth D. Hutchison
SAGE Publications, 2014

Symptoms often proposed to be associated with perimenopause include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and weight gain.

“Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course” by Elizabeth D. Hutchison
from Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course
by Elizabeth D. Hutchison
SAGE Publications, 2018

Perimenopause generally involves some unwelcome combo of irregular periods, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, poor memory, weight gain (including back fat, really?), breast pain, joint aches, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, decreased libido, dry skin, and/or thinning hair.

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Other complaints that some women report during perimenopause include aches and pains, vertigo, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, and urinary incontinence.

“The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development” by Marc H. Bornstein
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by Marc H. Bornstein
SAGE Publications, 2018

Excess weight and obesity can cause anovulatory cycles as the adipose cell stroma converts androstenedione to estrogen (estrone) as the body fat increases.

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Many menopausal women experience symptoms such as mood swings, depression, fatigue, weight gain, and sleep disturbances that are attributed to “menopause” but may in fact be due to undiagnosed thyroid problems.

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Other symptom associated with hormonal changes of menopause, such as insomnia, depression or other mood changes, weight gain, and headache, all may improve with exercise.”

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Both perimenopause and menopause have an endless array of difficult and disruptive symptoms—such as weight gain, insomnia, acne, depression, low libido, forgetfulness, sore breasts, mood swings, anxiety, facial hair, bloating, and vaginal dryness, to name just a few—and various ways to treat them.

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The decline in estrogen that women experience after menopause is related to increased risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, stress urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine during physical stress, such as exercising, sneezing, or laughing), weight gain, and memory loss (Mayo Clinic, 2003b).

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from Human Development: A Life-Span View: A Life-span View
by Robert V. Kail, John C. Cavanaugh
Thomson/Wadsworth, 2007

The most common symptoms of menopause are sudden mood swings, irritability, irregular bowels, hot flushes, night sweat, vaginal dryness, fatigue, weight gain, memory loss, bloated stomach, heavy or low flow, loss of libido, etc.

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  • So… we have to go through puberty, which is hard, AND menopause, which is also hard? Aw, man. I’m going through puberty right now and do not want to have to deal with my body changing a lot again.

  • Thank you Doctor, very informative. Thank God I am feeling very well and normal, no hot flashes, sleeping well, feeling good in general.

  • I’m 27. Was told that my period ends early due to how I was born. Hormones etc. Lack of oestrogen. They told me to go through IVF, however stated that it would still be difficult for it to work. That’s costly. And then they mentioned that they’d have to send the embryo (if they were to mix with the seeds of my future husband ) to a genetics unit, in case they want to remove any disabilities etc. That’s also costly. Also stated to have children due to “heart problems” or something. Meaning it could kill me?

    I keep getting irregular periods, and they don’t look normal, “colour-wise”. Always have been extremely painful. The doctors told me to go through IVF A.S.A.P so I can store whatever eggs I have remaining.

  • Lovely Video clip! Excuse me for the intrusion, I am interested in your opinion. Have you heard the talk about Trentvorty Urticaria Victory Theorem (just google it)? It is a good one of a kind guide for curing hives without the headache. Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my friend at very last got amazing results with it.

  • Can aching legs be a part of peri menopause? I have spent most of my life with bad PMS symptoms which always included back pain, pubic bone cramping and aching legs. Now I am getting this AFTER my period ends. What is going on? I want to exercise and my bottom half feels so sore I don’t feel like moving. Adding to it I have anxiety issues (always have but feels more so these days) AND I want to put my fist through the face of anyone who so much as beeps at me on the road. I feel like I am in hell. What do I do first to try and deal with this???

  • I went to the drs to give me advice about it, as I feel I’m on the start of it….the Dr didn’t take on board my symptoms, instead she just thought I was low…. I have all the symptoms, but not the sweats as yet… Bit annoyed that the Dr I saw didn’t really listen to me!

  • My doctor told me I was too young! I go from mad to depressed so quickly. I believe this is what is going on. I’m 40. I started night sweats and hot flashes and my period was 3 weeks late. I bleed after sex and sometimes spot between periods for no reason. It has not been a joy at all.

  • I put egg on my face to prevent wrinkles and hair. Eggs have a lot of important qualities like estrogen, collagen, biotin, and essential amino acids.

  • This perimenopause is killing my marriage my wife has changed so much i donnt known what to do for her. it has made confused and distant

  • I can’t take hormones. I’m allergic to them. My organs shut down one by one. So there’s nothing I can do. Any non hormonal treatments available

  • But im losing weight, spotting for a week before periods. Horrible IBS during periods, no sleep. Foam or mucus type stool with farts. I feel like im worse than a bedridden patient. Lord help me im depressed n desperate

  • Thanks alot for sharing this amazing information. I am on my weightloss journey. This really help. Thanks alot. You look beautiful

  • How about letting women know there’s natural alternatives to these symptoms to ease a woman though peri menopause rather than suggesting medications? If a woman goes with complaints such as these, the doctor will send them to a psychiatrist for meds for mood after prescribing hormones etc…Don’t do it ladies! Please know there’s help and chemicals in medications are regulating your bodies into balance. All medications disrupt your physiology. Stop pushing the idea of pharmaceuticals as an answer to women’s health complaints and instead give them hope and health with out toxic meds

  • I just turned 30! I’m going through it!! �� I had a hysterectomy 3 years ago due to cancer. I have been feeling off for a while. Had my antidepressants upped didnt help. I don’t drink. I have low bp. So my hot flashes are not bad. I just feel off. I had blood work done and I was like wow. �� I’m going through menopause.

  • I’m 53 and my doctor said I’m in the latter side of perimenopause. Doctor just told me to take estroven for nightsweats. Still get my period and awful night sweats. I went on lexapro to help with crippling anxiety. Helps so much ‼️

  • Once you’re menopausal, you’re menopausal for the rest of your life. My goals to make the rest of your life the best of your life. I’m passionate about this topic, and. I started my treatment with Planet Ayurveda. I took “Menopause Care Pack” for an ayurvedic and natural solution to face problems in menopause.

  • Does Clegenatur Methods really work? I see many people keep on speaking about Clegenatur Methods. But Im uncertain if it’s good enough to have bigger and firmer breast naturally.

  • I know I must be going through perimenopause because I just turned 50 this past summer and I have noticed changes my. I haven’t had a. For 2 months and I’m getting hot flashes and mood swings and soreness and places I thought I would never be sore LOL not trying to be dirty here but my breasts are sore like if I was pregnant and I know I’m not but I want to know is there anyone else out there going through this same thing would love to hear some suggestions

  • I feel like I’m going through this now. I’m 39, but dealing with severe anxiety and horrible night sweats. The sweats usually show up the week before my period and my period itself is getting all weird. I “start” a few days before I’m supposed to (so light that I don’t even have to wear anything), then it stops and starts full force within a few days of that initial “starting”. It’s so weird and I’m annoyed! ��

  • Symptoms I have or had:
    Hot flashes and Night sweatsat times so bad I had to stop working and sit for a minute at my job. Night timehaving the window open in 26F weather cause I can’t cool off.
    Periodsdon’t have one for months then have one for days. Spotting for weeks.
    Anxeitynever had attacks before. At times so bad you feel your heart is going to come out of your chest.
    Jointssore as hell in the morning. I sometimes take pain relievers when it is really bad.
    Weight GainHard to get the lbs off and I gained over 15 lbs. I weight lift heavy and do cardio 5 to 6 days a week1 1/2 to 2 hrs in the gym.
    I even eat less now. It still is hard to lose. I have exercised my entire life.
    She says exercise more? I can’t do more than I do plus work a physically demanding job for 9 to 12 hrs.
    I know exercise does help and no caffeine. I quit caffeine 3 years ago.
    My joints still hurt but not as bad. Still have my messed up periods. Hot flashes are mostly in the summer and when it’s too hot.
    Still working on the weight.

  • It’s a shame that our medical structure doesn’t address women’s problems. Why can a man get Cialis and Viagra paid for by insurance, but a woman has to pay $500 monthly out-of-pocket for hormonal therapy (HRT)???

  • I’m 47. I have missed my period for 2 months now. Negative pregnancy test. Sore chest,light headed at times. I have no idea. Advice

  • I need to know how can I tell that my periods are going to stop or get lighter. I am 52 and have periods closer. I am so tired!! I need to know the sighs that they will stop soon. ��
    I have been told to have hysterectomy but I might be so close to end of periods. I am so confused as to what to do.

  • First of all, you look amazing. Secondly this is a great topic that at some point, women will go through so thank you for sharing your own experience. ����

  • So womens multivitamin help? I’m 30 and going through this. I’m so lost! I had a hysterectomy 3 years ago from cancer. Just found out from my blood work I’m not crazy I am going through it. ��‍♀️

  • Not sure if it is a great transition. My hormones have me happy and sad calm and panicking all in the same hour. Meditation does help.

  • If you’re looking for more helpful information and understanding about menopause and perimenopause symptoms, please visit my channel for videos on my experience and journey.

  • Sex activities???? I haven’t had a orgasm in like a year sweetheart, I need to try a new shower head and a back massager on high speed frfr bc I need to have a orgasm

  • I honestly feel so bad for woman that go through this. Like everything is off balance and as a person that’s experienced a parent going through this, it just makes your mood so off.

  • How do you determine if it is perimenopause? I have gone to the doctor for my symptoms, I am 41 and started to feel a lot of anxiety, chest pain, heart palpitations, hair loss, and body burning sensation mainly. Are these perimenopause symptoms? I had never experienced anything like this. Thank you

  • Thank you! l first heard menopausal 2016 or gynecologist doctors suggestion because they were dealing with my overweight gain they said is my choice is not compulsorily since l am not sick. This menopausal how is dealt with in Namibia or Africa you may go through cut TO LOSE extra blood usually is done to children, Is it? Gynecology is something pain full is like UN PLANTING ONION. I AM READY FEEL PAIN OF GYNECOLOGIST UMMMMM

  • Your hair and skin looks great! Thanks for this information. I’m in my late thirties with little ones and I can feel a difference.

  • Eurgh ive had mpause for 5 years.im hot moody anxious cant sleep eurgh eurgh i hate it.oh and i cant help eating and put on 3 stone.dr dont do nothing to help just put me on anti deps for anxiety.helppp feels like im going bat crazy.

  • I was 35 when I was first told I was going through premature menopause, I’m now 45, and all of a sudden I am extreamly exhausted all the time, hot flashes day and night and wake up wet through in the morning. I wouldn’t say I’m moody but I am less patient than before. I was put on oral contraception when I was 35 as my GP said I was too young to go on HRT, thus help initially but now the exhaustion is debilitating I can’t stop sleeping. My hair as thinned so much and comes out when I brush it. Brain for is rediculas and doesn’t help with my psychology degree �� I feel like the menopause is ruining my life. Go advice me to go into HRT which I refused as I don’t do prescription medication but I can’t say I wasn’t tempted I’ve researched natural alternatives and have started on those 2 days ago. What I do notice is they help me sleep, so hopefully I’ll be feeling more rested in a few weeks time


  • I have been in Peri menopause for 2 years now I’m 39. My quality of life is awful I have gained 65 pounds am constantly bloated tired brain fog night sweats and during the day. I feel like I’m 80 I barely sleep at night. Does anyone have any suggestions? I just want to feel like myself again. I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago but kept my right ovary due to stage 4 endometriosis. My ovary failed and put me in peri menopause. I have tried estrogen patches but the don’t react well with me. Was thinking about doing testosterone cream? Can anyone please help?

  • Thanks for sharing your experience with us…….
    Husband: She sounds like a DOCTOR

    ME: Because she did her research very well before speaking on the TOPIC. ����������������
    Ooookay Dr. Sola ��‍♀️����

  • HRT will halt all the changes in it’s tracks, l have been on HRT for 13 years now & have no plans to come off it…Big love…(1) Menopause HRT & Me YouTube

  • One thing no one mentions is heart palpitations, I went to the ER 3 times thinking I was having a heart attack and everything normal after having many tests, symptoms of rapid heart rate, blood pressure rise, nausea, light headedness, anemia and loss of appetite. I would still recommend getting checked if you have these symptoms but my end result was perimenopausal symptoms along with uterine fibroids, I’m really going through it smh

  • Hot flashes and night sweats are driving me crazy, my Dr recommended soy milk ew and evening primrose oil caps, will try it for a month see if anything changes for the better.

  • It is normal to gain weight in your 40’s or 50’s. You do not need to lose weight or cut calories. It is protective to have a little more weight as you age and your chances of surviving things such as a heart attack are better.

  • I’mm 45, my mom passed away last yr and I have no siblings so I have no one to talk to about this. Once in a while my period gets wonky but for the most part regular. one month it might be heavy another month normal. right now I’m on day 4 ofmy period and it’s still bright red when it’s normally almost gone, I’ve had this once or twice in the last year. I still have cramps too. I have small fibroids as well which was found 2 yrs ago & I had a whole round of testing at that time and everything else was normal. the net said it’s perimenopause. I don’t get night sweats, or mood swings, I do have insomnia. I have no clue what is wrong with me or what to expect. It sometimes scares me that something is wrong. It sounds like in perimenopause your period can go longer than normal? I have no clue what’s happening to my body & I wish my mom was here to tell me what’s going on or what to expect.

  • am almost 3 years into menopause and wasn’t too bad to start. didn’t have hot flashes or anything out of proportion as I kept very busy working as a chauffeur and do gardening when am home. now I get irritable, lots of mood swings, dryness even in my throat, insomnia occasionally and depressed. Talking to someone at nights help and reading that’s why am here. I take regular multivitamins and exercise especially breathing, it helps at times. I lost appetite for sex most times and my partner doesn’t understand

  • To me moving on and finding Happiness has somewhat always been difficult for me! I Hope I get Happiness when I go through Menopause!

  • A year ago I was going to the doctor and specialist so much. They couldn’t find anything. I started researching and found info on perimenopause. I started going to a herbalist and things improved a lot. Thank you for touching on this topic.

  • Why do we women get all this issues while guys are just getting nothing really!!! Tell me again why women need men?? Oh yes, reproducing… Wonk wonk… lol

  • Natural is the best way to go, especially maca root https://www.etsy.com/listing/764567570/menopause-vagina-dry-moisture-wet-vagina

  • My mother was facing the premenopausal symptoms. She usually had hot flashes, vaginal dryness, headache, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression. She was taking the allopathic drugs for the same but had no relief. One day she discussed her problem with one of her friend. She told her about Planet Ayurveda, she visited there, consulted Dr. Vikram Chauhan, Dr. Vikram prescribed her with ”Menopause care pack”. She has quite reduction in her symptoms now.

  • My doctor basically said I just need to deal with it. Not cool. Peri menopause is miserable. I feel like I’m constantly pmsing. This is hell.

  • Ooh scary stuff! Moringa powder is great for PMS and menopause. It is all natural and packed with minerals such as iron and zinc and potassium. It helps with weight loss and menopause. Lack of minerals present in the body is the cause of diseases. Get minerals in your body for good health.

  • You touched on a great topic that every women should be aware of. Because of you sola I’m using moringa. Next I’m going order collagen. Thank you ���� for being an inspiration I look forward to your videos

  • Thanks for the Video! Forgive me for the intrusion, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you tried Lammywalness Hi Hair Guide (Sure I saw it on Google)? It is a good exclusive guide for learning how to reverse hair loss without the headache. Ive heard some decent things about it and my m8 got great results with it.

  • Keep in mind, it’s not all doom and gloom. I went through menopause already and sailed through without ONE symptom. If your mom is still around, ask her what her experiences were, as these symptoms are highly hereditary from what I understand. Anyway, don’t just assume it’s going to be terribly difficult because it may not be! And by the way, not having your period is the best thing EVER! lol

  • Hubby and I just watched this together. He is so supportive. He said “Wow” as everything fits me. I started to cry. I am definitely going through perimenopause. Thank you for helping us.

  • Good advice Dr.i went to see my doctor.but sadly I just got a lot of leaflets.very sad excuse as my doctor was just 32.she said it’s normal but when your looking for help that’s not helpful.i had more luck On youtube. So god bless you for your advice.

  • A lot of women have undiagnosed Underactive Thyroid and think it is the menopause. An Underactive Thyroid id to do with not getting enough T4 and T3 hormones produced by the Thyroid Gland.

    Symptoms of Underactive Thyroid are: 24 hr fatigue, depression, anxiety, dry hair and skin, hair loss, brittle coarse hair, thick tongue with a wavy edge, low body temperature using a digital oral thermometer of 36.5C or below resulting in you feeling cold.

    Underactive Thyroid also goes hand in hand with candida. Candida is a fungus that overgrows when we get very stressed and eat too much bad foods like sugar and dairy. Many say that using too many antibiotics and even cancer drugs add to candida as they kill our good gut bacteria. Good gut bacteria is important for human health as i keeps our immune system strong, preventing illnesses.

    Candida symptoms are:  24 hr fatigue anxiety, depression white coating on tongue, acne, skin rashes, bad breath, intolerance to dairy or gluten, athletes foot, ear, and urine infections. Candida can lead to people becoming alcoholics as it makes you crave sugar that alcohol contains, along with feelings of depression and fatigue.

    Test for candida look for the candida spit test on youtube. If you have this, type in candida on youtube and look for a picture with 2 tongues on it. I posted a diet plan i did along antifungals i used to kill mine with, under Eifion Phillips.

    Bye all.