Marcy Letourneau, LPN, of Amberen NurseAid, recently received a call from a new Amberen customer. For the past several months, the 47-year-old had been experiencing irregular periods, an increase in anxiety, intense mood swings and difficulty sleeping at night. She also found herself quickly losing her temper with her 5-year-old. Confused, she turned to her older sister, who suggested she might be in perimenopause.

Turns out, sister knew best. Perimenopause may be your body’s natural progression to its next stage, menopause, but that doesn’t mean its beginning is always easy to pinpoint. As the ovaries slow down estrogen production, you may experience symptoms that look an awful lot like those you endure every month, which makes the transition that much more difficult to detect. “Sometimes it’s hard to separate a severe case of PMS and perimenopause,” agrees Amberen Customer Care Supervisor Kristin Dutton. While every woman experiences this stage differently, here are some signs you may be entering into perimenopause:

• Sudden irregular periods, including a change in menstrual flow and duration
• Increase in mood swings
• Trouble sleeping
• Increased bloating
• Forgetfulness
• Exhaustion
• Increase in headaches
• Hot flashes
• Vaginal dryness

Perimenopausal symptoms can vary in intensity from person to person, and chances are, you’ll experience them differently than your mother or sister or best friend. That said, there are ways you can help ease your symptoms. Taking Amberen, for example, made all the difference for Latourneau’s customer. “She told me, ‘Now I take everything in stride.’ It really helped her mood, which helped everything else,’” Latourneau says.

To help you determine if Amberen is right for you, or to address any questions or concerns you may have, consult an Amberen Nurse by calling (800) 211-8021 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST. If you have any serious health conditions, please talk to your doctor prior to taking Amberen.