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I am really struggling at the moment. I am not sleeping at all well, I have a very low mood, I've had really dry skin around my eyes, I have recently suffered from atypical migraines, I get aches and pains in my arms, my libido is low, I struggle to maintain concentration (which is very unlike me) and I'm often exhausted. I put all of this down to the pandemic, but I am starting to wonder if it could be linked to perimenopause. Just in case it's of interest, I switched to the Desogestrel pill in the last year, as I'm nearly 42, and now don't get any periods at all. I probably already know the answer to this, but should I just visit the doctor to discuss my symptoms? I feel worried about doing that, as I have been in touch with my surgery a number of times over the past few months! I know that's not my fault, but I still feel a little foolish.


  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 406 Community Admin


    Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your question and a very warm welcome to our community, so glad you found us!

    It sounds like you're going through a lot - although I'm not a medical professional myself, everything you listed can indeed be the symptoms of the perimenopause! As your hormone levels start to change, you may have fewer or more frequent periods. You may also notice these symptoms (most of which you mentioned!):

    aches and pains (random or increased), anxiety, depression, fatigue, hot flushes, lower libido, mood swings, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms become worse, sex can be uncomfortable or even painful, sleep problems, tender breasts, vaginal dryness, etc

    Let me share this article with you that discusses the perimenopause in more detail:

    I'd definitely advise you to book an appointment with your GP to discuss these symptoms and the menopause. I know exactly how you feel about it - I have anxiety & depression and I usually contact them multiple times a month and sometimes I can't help but think how annoying I can be haha! But that is absolutely not true...your doctor's job is to help you as many times as you need it and you shouldn't feel foolish about it all. :)

    Not sure if you already know, but we have a lovely Menopause Nurse Specialist @DianePorterfield-Bourne on board with us who will be able to advise you further on everything menopause, including talking to your GP / prepping for a menopause appointment! I've tagged her in this discussion so she'll get back to you as soon as possible.

    Hope this helps a little, I know many ladies on here are going through similar things, so you're definitely not alone and we're all here to help you wherever we can. x

    Take care,

    Blanka x

  • MenopauseorjustmeMenopauseorjustme Posts: 430 Menopause Nurse Practitioner

    @sarahmoore79 and thank you @Blanka_C for tagging me in.

    Thank you for writing in to us Sarah, Community forums such as this can really be a life line in providing professional menopause advice.

    You're only young and by the list of symptoms you have I would have to consider menopause as a cause...

    The mini pill is progesterone only and the symptoms you are describing are symptoms of low Oestrogen. A lot of women put their symptoms down to everything other than menopause but I don't..As health professional specialising in menopause; I understand the the importance of identifying women having menopausal symptoms. Early intervention is key!

    The younger you are the more important we need to see if menopause is the cause. Most GP's will offer bloods but take the opportunity to ask about HRT too.

    I would suggest calling and seeing if there is GP at your practice who specialises in menopause and book an appt with them?

    Please keep in touch and don't worry about calling the practice, you need your symptoms addressed.

    Please let us know how you get on.

    If we can advise please contact us.

    Best wishes

    Diane Porterfield Bourne.

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