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What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is a transitional phase within a woman’s life that can last up to 10 years.  Most women will typically begin experiencing erratic hormonal activity in their late 30’s to mid 40s. This marks the period of time when the body begins to make the natural transition toward menopause, the point at which a woman has not menstruated for 12 consecutive months.

During perimenopause, hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, fluctuate unpredictably. These hormonal changes can lead to a variety of symptoms, which vary in severity and duration among women. Some common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  1. Brain fog: The number one symptom noted by perimenopausal woman is brain fog.  Brain fog can be categorised as poor memory, inability to think clearly, tasks that were once simple becoming onerous, reduced ability to concentrate and feeling mentally drained.
  2. Irregular menstrual cycles: Periods may become shorter, longer, heavier, or lighter, and the time between periods may vary.
  3. Hot flushes and night sweats: These sudden feelings of intense heat, often accompanied by sweating, can be disruptive and uncomfortable.
  4. Mood swings: Hormonal fluctuations can contribute to mood changes, including irritability, anxiety, and depression.
  5. Sleep disturbances: Many women experience difficulties with sleep during perimenopause, including insomnia or waking up frequently during the night.
  6. Vaginal dryness and discomfort: Declining estrogen levels can lead to thinning and dryness of the vaginal tissues, causing discomfort during intercourse and an increased risk of urinary tract infections.
  7. Changes in libido: Many women experience a decrease in sexual desire or changes in sexual function during perimenopause.
  8. Physical changes: Other symptoms may include unexplained weight gain, changes in hair and skin texture, and increased susceptibility to urinary incontinence.

It’s important to note that while perimenopause is a natural part of the aging process, the symptoms can vary widely among individuals. Some women may experience few or mild symptoms, while others may find their symptoms significantly impact their quality of life.

Happy Healthy Clinic can help support you through the perimenopause transition:

Until recently, perimenopause was a rarely talked about or acknowledged stage of a woman’s life.  Fortunately, this often tumultuous season of life is beginning to get the attention women have always deserved.  At Happy Healthy Clinic we have been helping women navigate this transition for over 20 years.

Health decisions made during this crucial transition can have lifelong impacts on a woman’s overall health. Supporting and nourishing the body through the perimenopause season is important to ensure robust health throughout the menopausal years and beyond.

Whether you choose to replace hormone loss with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or not, HHC can help support your journey through various holistic measures to ensure all aspects of your physical and mental health are addressed. We aim to empower you through this new stage of your life, helping you view perimenopause as a positive phase that simply requires management, education, and guidance.  We combine treatment with education to deliver empowerment and life changing results.


  1. Japanese Acupuncture
  2. Vagus Nerve Stimulation
  3. Nutritional + lifestyle advice
  4. Exercise guidance
  5. Correct, individually tailored supplements (if required)
  6. Referral for pathology +/ ultrasound and investigations if indicated
  7. Education.

Our treatments are painless, relaxing and truly enjoyable.  Isn’t it time you thrived and not just survived?

Treatment Time Cost Health fund Code
Initial – Camilla 45 mins $155 103
Follow-up – Camilla 45 mins $140 203
Telehealth Consult – Camilla 45 mins $155 na

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