For the ladies: What are your perimenopausal symptoms and when did they begin?

@AndiCat (326)
United States
February 27, 2007 1:10pm CST
I will be 44 in March. I am in fairly decent health, BUT I can detect perimenopausal symptoms starting up: slower metabolism leading to weight gain, facial hair (my cat isn't the only one with whiskers, I am sad to say!), memory lapses, etc. What are your symptoms? At what age did they begin? Come on, ladies - let's commiserate!
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@rosie_123 (6118)
3 Mar 07
Ah - yes - perimenopause - great, isn't it? LOL! I guess I was about 45, when I first started noticing the symptoms - mainly excessive tiredness, and those dreaded memory lapses, as you mention. It wasn't toobad at first, but by last year - whe I was 48 - I was getting really irregular cycles, and the need to burst into tears most of the tine, was overwhealming. Sorry - you probably have tat to look forward to:-(( I had to have surgery, to investigate some of the physical problems, and they blithely told me it was "nothing serious" - just my age! And I guess that was meant to make me feel better! So - good luck with yours. Guess I am painting a bleak picture, but I am getting through it, and you will too. Must admit I don't have the fscial hair yet, - but your cat is an exceedingly handsome chap, so if I did, I can think of worse things to look like. Cheers!
@AndiCat (326)
• United States
4 Mar 07
LOL - Ah, yes! The crying fits. I know all too well what you mean. I go through days where ANYTHING can get me going. So sorry you had to go through surgery! Wow. Thanks so much for Buster's compliment. Yes, he is quite dapper!
@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Mar 07
Well it wasn't major surgery - more exploratory stuff just to make sure there was nothing really sinister going on if you know what I mean. And as for Buster - yes - very dapper, and looks a bit of a character, like my man Sasha in my avatar!!! Quite the "King Cat" :-))
• United States
16 Apr 07
I don't know because I don't think I'm quite old enough for this yet at 36 but it may be starting. All my life I was really blessed, no PMS, no cramps, no moodiness, and regular as clockwork. Sometimes I'd have a bit of water retention but hearing what some poor women went through I wasn't going to complain! I never had acne, even as a teen, and I was always little bitty, 5'2" 95 lbs. For the last 6 months to a year or so I've started noticing more symptoms though around my time of the month. I figured my weight gain was from having two children, stress, not eating right but sometimes now I wonder. My chin is constantly broken out with horrible, big bumps and sometimes a few over the rest of my face. I went for a facial thinking I just needed a REALLY good cleaning but she said that starting on the chin suddenly like that is hormonal. I'm a little crampy just before my period, tired out almost achey just worn feeling, and it seems no one can look at me without me feeling somehow wronged and bursting into miserable tears! Aren't I too young for this??? Someone please just tell me how to fix it! Surely this and worse aren't what I have to look forward to now and there's help for it? I was abused and taken advantage of all my life until very recently so I'm feeling a little desperate thinking that I finally have my chance at peace and happiness only to have hormones screw it up???? Help.
• United States
16 Apr 07
Umm I just started last night too so if I seem a little crazed...well there ya go.
@meholl (510)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I was 26, started within a month of giving birth to twins. Hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain on top of baby weight. Anyways my doc ran tests after my body had a chance to get back to normal, at 6 months and one year. Both test he checked estrogen and cholesterol levels, ran serveral tests and x-rays to rule out cancer. My cholesterol levels were low just like my hormone levels. So, now I eat red meat at least2 or 3 times a week, and after 4 years I have not gone past the perimenopausal state. While I do still have hot flashes every once in a while, a little extra cholesterol is worth it to not have them everyday. Of course, my doc says I will hit full blown menopause in a few more years, but I am done having kids anyways. So I guess I just get to go through the change earlier than most.
@AndiCat (326)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Wow, you did go through things mighty early, didn't you?
• United States
1 Apr 07
I am 47 and they say I am not in perimenopause but I miss periods, have hot flashes, then am cold, have had the slowing of metablism, but not facial hair. They took test and say I am not but I think they are wrong. They tried to get me to on birth control to make me have every month. I tried one thing they had and worked and then now back to same old thing so I think I am right and they wrong.
@AndiCat (326)
• United States
7 Apr 07
The only reason I am still on the BCPS is to regulate my periods and keep them regular. Plus, they do reduce the symptoms of PMS and perimenopause to some degree, yet not all.
• United States
28 Oct 08
I believe my perimenopausal symptoms started at the age of 32. I am now 42. At 32 I had some kind of hormone blowout where I wound up in the hospital passing blood clots the size of golf balls. Since then I have been intensely moody, about a week before my period lasting until about a week after where I feel like I could rip someone's head off. Lots of joint pain, back pain, extremely heavy, clotty periods. Just recently started the weight gain and craving sweets. Sometimes I will walk in to a room and forget why I'm there. Lots of fun stuff here!