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When is Menopause Classed as Early?

Are you aware of the difference between early menopause and perimenopause?

The terms are often used interchangeably, but this isn’t technically correct. These are actually two very different biological stages, and it’s important to understand this, as they need managing differently.

What Can Cause Early Menopause?

Early menopause can occur after surgery, such as a hysterectomy, which can trigger what is known as surgical menopause. Women can undergo this procedure for a variety of reasons long before the average age for menopause symptoms to begin (currently 51 in the UK), meaning they can begin to experience hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other symptoms earlier than usual.

However, in some cases, the factors behind early menopause are unclear, and it can leave women unable to reproduce, and dealing with symptoms for decades to come - there are ways to manage these and get some relief from them though.

The Difference Between Early Menopause and Perimenopause

Early menopause is full-blown menopause, but earlier than average.

In contrast, perimenopause is the first stage of a woman’s menopause journey. This means that perimenopause can be a part of early menopause. But as part of early menopause, a woman will also experience the menopause and post-menopause stage, all of which tend to have slightly different symptoms.

Signs of perimenopause typically include hair thinning and loss, more prominent wrinkles, periods that are more irregular, heavier or lighter than usual, fatigue, low energy levels and sometimes mood swings and hot flushes too.

Early menopause will include the symptoms associated with this stage, which will typically be followed by the common symptoms of menopause, and the bone density problems that can be part of post-menopause.

Help for Early Menopause

Women who go through early menopause may find that natural supplements offer a long-term solution for managing their symptoms, and Femarelle® supplements offer three different options to support you through your entire menopause journey, whatever age it starts at: Rejuvenate for perimenopause, Recharge for menopause and Unstoppable for post-menopause.

How to Manage Perimenopause Symptoms

The Femarelle® Rejuvenate supplements that we stock are designed specifically to provide you with extra support in perimenopause. All Femarelle® supplements contain DT56a, a natural soy derivative, which may be able to mimic the effects of natural oestrogen in your body - a decline in this hormone is what triggers symptoms in the first place, so taking these may help you to find some balance.

Femarelle® Rejuvenate also contains biotin, which can help you to maintain your skin and hair in perimenopause, allowing you to carry on feeling like the best version of yourself.

Shop Femarelle® supplements here.