Once you hit a certain age, it’s easy to blame hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and other bothersome problems on menopause. While “the change” may very well be the true culprit, sometimes seemingly common issues turn out to be signs of something more serious. Here’s a look at 6 that you shouldn’t automatically dismiss. (Heal your whole body with Rodale’s 12-day liver detox for total body health!)
Your periods are totally wacky.
A telltale sign that you’re going through perimenopause—the transition leading up to the end of your fertile years—is that your cycle starts to change. Your periods may come more frequently, less frequently, be heavier, or get lighter… and that might go on for up to 10 years before you finally hit menopause.