If you thought hormonal ups and downs ended in your teenage years, surprise! Perimenopause, the time leading up to your final menstrual cycle, can also be a hormonal roller coaster.
But don't despair – while it's true perimenopause brings along a smorgasbord of unpleasant symptoms, it doesn’t have to control your life.
These symptoms can be a sign that the ovaries are producing less estrogen, or a sign of increased fluctuation (ups and downs) in hormone levels. Not all women get all of these symptoms. However, women affected with new symptoms of racing heart, urinary changes, headaches, or other new medical problems should see a doctor to make sure there is no other cause for these symptoms.