It's a question we get asked a lot:

Am I In Perimenopause?

There's a lot of talk about menopause but not much about perimenopause (peri). Peri is the lead up to menopause when the ovaries start to wind down. Menopause is a point in time marked by a year without a period.

It can really vary in length for women, anything from 2-12 years and on average is between 4-6 years. The average age to reach menopause is 51 years of age.

It’s generally considered you have reached menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual cycle for 12 months and your Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) blood level is elevated to 30 mIU/mL or higher.

There is no hormone/blood test to tell you are in peri as your hormone levels can vary so much day to day. Most women notice when they start to have irregular cycles and start to question what is going on. It happens to most women in their 40s. There are 4 different stages within the perimenopause transition see the diagram below.

The Four Phases of Perimenopause

The four phases of perimenopause including very early
                                    perimenopause when women’s experiences and hormones have changed
                                    but before the consensus (

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Early Perimenopause Symptoms

In the very early stages you can start to feel a shift beginning to happen. Things just feel different as hormones start to fluctuate, your cycle can still be regular or it could be shortened to 21-26 days. Professor Jerilynn Prior says that a midlife woman with a regular cycle with three of the nine symptoms below is likely to be in peri:

It’s important to remember that in the different stages of peri with the winding down of the ovaries the hormone levels are different too.

In the beginning there is low progesterone paired with high fluctuating oestrogen and as you start to reach menopause you start to have low oestrogen levels. So symptoms will change along with the hormonal changes. Some months you will ovulate and some you won’t. So you might experience symptoms one cycle and not the next.

It can be a rollercoaster ride and so different to your fertile years of familiar monthly cycle. 

Common Perimenopause Symptoms

Below is a list of common perimenopausal symptoms. You may experience one or several of the following:

Approximately 25% of women who experience natural menopause will have severe symptoms. The other 75% are likely to have mild or possibly no symptoms.

Whilst some of these symptoms can impact on the quality of your life, it can really help to remember that perimenopause is temporary.   You will emerge on the other side.

Need relief?  Try our Peri Chai Latte: loaded with Magnesium and Collagen to help you sleep, soothe anxiety, preserve bone, muscle, hair, skin and nails.

NOTE: If/when you have suspicions that you might be in perimenopause, it would be a great time to have a full medical with a qualified healthcare professional to help diagnose that you are in perimenopause by reviewing your medical history, menstrual history, and your symptoms.  Also to make sure that it is perimenopause and not any underlying health conditions.

October 16, 2021 — Angela Greely


SheBANG! to Katrina said:

Hey Katrina, thanks for reaching out.

Both SheBANG!’s Peri Chai Latte and Peri Hot Choccy are beneficial for women in menopause still experiencing symptoms as you describe. Our products can help. Here if you have any questions at all:

Katrina said:

Hi, thanks for the samples. Is your tea beneficial for someone in menopause? Still getting hot flushes, night sweats, and interrupted sleep etc. Thanks.

Tanya said:

Hi is this best taken before bed or is it ok to have anytime though out the day ? I have ordered the trial pack as I have lots of allergies and couldn’t see a list of ingredients but thank you for making a chai latte that’s dairy and gluten free, hopefully soy free too but I couldn’t see … I also thank you for offering afterpay much appreciated:)

Michelle said:

Hey Jo, our Peri Chai Latte is beneficial to most people at any stage of their lives – you will absolutely reap the benefits of the soothed nervous system, better sleep.

Jo said:

Is this tea beneficial for women in the menopause stage not just peri menopause?
Many thanks

Angela Greely said:

Hi Jenn, The Mirena would help reduce heavy bleeding, all other peri symptoms I believe would be the same. Ange xx

Jenn said:

What might be the most significant symptoms of peri menopause if the lady is utilising a Mireya (& hence no periods)?

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