For too long, many women’s health challenges received the silent treatment, were ignored, and were way too taboo for candid conversation. Even for something as natural as perimenopause, the time during which the body makes the transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years.1
79% experience hot flashes2
56% experience sleep disturbances2
27.8% experience depressive symptoms2
It’s time we start talking about perimenopause. More than 50% of South Africans are women, or people assigned female at birth.3 And if they’re lucky enough to live a long life, they’ll experience hormonal changes that older generations called “the change”, if they spoke about it at all.
No two people will have the same experience of perimenopause. While some symptoms may be subtle, some women experience at least one of the following symptoms as their estrogen declines for the first time since puberty.4
Hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and other uncomfortable symptoms of perimenopause can sometimes not be avoided. Some small changes can make a big, positive impact, and help you live a healthy life.