Current support for women going through menopause has been criticised as being inadequate. A new report published by the Menopause All-Party Parliamentary Group, has revealed long waits for patients to access support, alongside failures in treatment.
Now, MPs are being urged to provide all women with a menopause check at the age of 45. As the group calls for action to help address the inadequacies in menopause care, patients are urged to watch out for early symptoms.
Signs of Perimenopause
Identifying early menopause symptoms can help to speed up diagnosis. Here’s the signs that you are heading for perimenopause:
During the lead up to the menopause, your hormone levels begin to fluctuate. Your oestrogen and progesterone hormone levels start to rapidly decrease, causing the hair to thin and grow much slower than usual.
Sebum production is also decreased, making the hair appear dull and lifeless. Eventually, the hairs get so thin that they stop growing completely. This can result in patches of hair loss on the scalp. You will typically notice the hair starting to thin around 2-3 years before menopause.
Anxiety and depression
During perimenopause, many women experience changes in their mood. This again is down to a drop in oestrogen, increasing the risk of anxiety and depression. There is also evidence to suggest those who suffer severe PMS, and who experienced postnatal depression, are at a greater risk of mental health issues during menopause.
As your hormone levels fluctuate, it can bring on sudden, unexpected hot flushes. One of the most common symptoms of menopause, many women don’t realise hot flushes can often start during perimenopause.
Hot flushes can come on at any time, and they may be severe or mild. Despite how common it is, there are very few treatments available to combat this symptom. However, simple lifestyle changes such as limiting caffeine intake and getting enough sleep, have been shown to help.
If you find it increasingly difficult to think clearly and function mentally, it could be a sign of perimenopause. It could be you have brief memory lapses or forget people’s names. Often these symptoms are a result of a lack of sleep, stress, and hot flushes.
These are some of the most common symptoms to watch out for. If you suspect you are going through perimenopause, seeking help from your doctor will help you to get the treatment you need as early as possible.
Book a Menopause Health Check
If you are struggling to get the diagnosis you need, book a menopause health check today. SureScan provides in-depth, friendly assessments for peri and postmenopausal women. Following a consultation with a consultant gynaecologist, a range of tests and examinations will be carried out. You will be advised on how to manage the symptoms, and be offered a range of treatment options.