Pre-menopause symptoms can show up in women as young as 37 years of age. Menopause is a natural change in a woman's life and is not considered a disease. It is the time period during which the body begins to slowly stop producing estrogen. As this happens and the changes lead to the eventual end of the body's reproductive cycle, a series of symptoms can be experienced. The symptoms vary from woman to woman.

The pre-menopause stage is technically the reproductive years of a woman's life starting with the first menstrual cycle. The first signs of menopause are actually referred to as peri-menopause which encompasses the years immediately before menopause. This is followed by menopause, the termination of the menstrual cycle. The fourth and final stage is known as post-menopause. Although there are actually no symptoms present during pre-menopause, to avoid confusion this article will refer to the symptoms of peri-menopause as the symptoms of pre-menopause.

Some pre-menopause symptoms are hot flashes and night sweats. It is thought that caffeine, alcohol, and hot liquids can trigger these reactions.

Insomnia is another symptom that can be accompanied by irritability, fatigue, cognitive impairment, and memory problems. Some natural treatments that can help one fall asleep are using sedative herbs such as valerian, hops, passion flower, and dong quai. Vitamin b6, which produces serotonin, is also claimed to be effective.

Depression and mood swings are also common feelings experienced during pre-menopause. These feelings can also include fatigue, loss of appetite and thoughts of suicide. Some natural remedies recommended are St. John's Wort, magnesium, vitamin b complex, and exercise.

Some also experience varying levels of anxiety with increased heart rates, trouble breathing, and feeling out of control. Aromatherapy can be beneficial in counter acting these feeling. Lavender, in particular, has a soothing and calming effect. Pre-menopause can also cause weak, thin hair with an increase in split ends and itchy dry skin. Some helpful supplements to improve the health of skin and hair are flax seed oil, zinc, and vitamin E.

Another symptom is vaginal dryness since menopause decreases the vagina's elasticity. Some things that can restore this are vitamin E and kegel exercises.

Weight gain, headaches, body aches, decreased sex drive, weight gain especially around the hips and abdomen, breast tenderness, and water retention are few other pre-menopause symptoms.

During this period the menstrual cycle can be erratic and irregular. They can either become shorter and lighter or longer and heavier. This happens because ovulation does not occur some months. Pre-menopause symptoms can persist for up to eight years before the menstrual cycle finally ceases.