Perimenopause – but doesn’t know it. Could you be like Lisa?
Lisa is in perimenopause
Lisa is 50 years old and leads a busy life as a senior business manager and mother of three teenage children. She is perimenopausal, but doesn’t know it. Although they are becoming irregular, she is still having her periods, and she isn’t having hot flushes so she confidently takes this as meaning she hasn’t reached menopause yet.
What she doesn’t realise is that the symptoms of perimenopause are the same as the symptoms associated with menopause – and there are so many more symptoms than hot flushes. Left untreated, they can have a dramatic influence on her health.
What are signs of perimenopause for Lisa?
Lisa used to be such a sound sleeper, but lately she’s been waking in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. She lies awake and worries about her children, her work, her relationships and herself. Her sleeplessness is starting to take a toll.
She is over-tired during the day and suffers from irritability – watch out children and workmates!
She used to be so driven, but right now, her energy levels are strangely low. She puts this down to her disrupted sleep, and cuts back on exercise, making her feel even worse.
The stress of balancing work and family demands, that she once proudly managed like an expert juggler, is now suddenly overwhelming. And to top things off she is experiencing anxiety attacks. There are times when she actually thinks she is going crazy…..so she’s booked herself an appointment with a counsellor.