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Have I Started Perimenopause? Symptom Quiz

From hot flushes to memory loss, perimenopause has an extensive range of symptoms. Our quiz is designed to help women recognise the symptoms often experienced during perimenopause.

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Perimenopause is the phase that leads to menopause. Women tend to start perimenopause in their early 40s and it can last anywhere between 5 and 10 years. 

Perimenopause has over 34 symptoms ranging from hot flushes, night sweats, to increased anxiety and brain fog. With other life pressures of family, care giving and career these symptoms are often overlooked as being part and parcel of a stressful life.

Perimenopause Quiz

How old are you?

Do you experience hot flushes?

Do you experience night sweats?

Have your periods become irregular?

Are you having digestive issues or frequent bloating?

Are you suffering from poor sleep?

Have you noticed changes to your memory

Do you suffer from brain fog?

Has your sex drive changed?

Do you suffer from vaginal dryness or pain during sex?

Increase frequency/urgency to urinate?

Have your noticed your skin becoming dry or itchy?

Do you suffer from headaches, vertigo or dizzy spells?

Are you experiencing joint pain or muscle tension?

Are you experiencing any mood changes, e.g. increased anxiety, depression, bursts of anger?

Note: this quiz is for educational purposes only and will not diagnose perimenopause. 

How Do You Know If You’ve Started Perimenopause?

The first step is to understand the symptoms of the perimenopause, and our quiz will help with that. The next step is to understand how your hormones fluctuate across your menstrual cycle.

As women go through perimenopause their levels of ovarian response hormones – oestrogen and progesterone – slowly decline, while their levels of the two control hormones – follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH) – increase. 

Our advanced perimenopause hormone blood test will map these 4 key hormones across your entire menstrual cycle and will also provide you with our unique FORM score which will tell you how well your ovaries are responding to the two control hormones FSH and LH.

Perimenopause Symptoms

The symptoms women experience while going through perimenopause can vary widely, some women will only experience a few, while others may find the symptoms impact their quality of life. The most common symptoms include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flushes & night sweats
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Reduced sex drive (low libido)
  • Mood swings

There are some symptoms you may experience that you may not know are related to perimenopause, these include:

  • Memory lapses, trouble concentrating and ‘brain fog’
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Headaches, vertigo, and dizzy spell
  • Breast soreness
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues and bloating
  • Joint pain and muscle tension
  • Hair loss, dry, itchy skin, and brittle nails

If you are not over 40 but are experiencing some of the above symptoms without any other cause, such as a hysterectomy, then you could be experiencing early onset of perimenopause. However, it would be worth visiting your GP to discuss your symptoms so blood tests can be carried out to rule out other conditions such as thyroid issues.

As each woman is an individual, the age you start perimenopause and reach menopause will be unique to you. 

The best way to confirm perimenopause is by taking our advanced perimenopause home blood test alongside our health questionnaire which will help confirm if your symptoms are due to a declining ovarian response.

View a demo of the full report you will receive.

You can also book a separate follow up appointment with Forth’s Chief Medical Officer and expert endocrinologist Dr Nicky Keay if you wish to go through your report in more detail. 

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Medically Reviewed
Dr Nicky Keay
Chief Medical Officer, BA, MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, MRCP.​
This article has been medically reviewed by Forth's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nicky Keay.
Nicky has extensive clinical and research experience in the fields of endocrinology and sport and exercise medicine. Nicky is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University and former Research Fellow at St. Thomas’ Hospital.


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