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Menopause can affect women in many different and individual ways. After the age of about 40 our hormone levels (oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone) start to decrease and fluctuate and women enter into ‘perimenopause’ - the phase of life leading up to menopause. These hormonal changes lead to a wide range of symptoms - with 34 symptoms most commonly identified as part of this phase.
For some women, symptoms can begin much earlier than 40 years old, and for others it can be later in life too. Menopause is officially confirmed once a women has had no periods for 12 months.
We have produced a symptom list to help you identify and track your own symptoms against the common list of symptoms.
We recommend that you take a copy of this list along with your notes to any appointment with a GP or other healthcare provider.
You do not need to experience all 34 symptoms to be in perimenopause or menopause. Likewise, you may experience some of these symptoms for reasons other than menopause too.
All information contained within our symptom tracker has been verified by Dr Tina Peers, founder of The Menopause Consultancy
The information in our symptom tracker document is also outlined below.
For more information on perimenopause and menopause, please visit our dedicated resources area.
The symptoms below are divided into physical symptoms (1-25 and emotional and mental symptoms (26-34). Click on each heading to read about each in detail:
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