Women with Parkinson's experience hormonal symptoms during the menstrual cycle and the peri-menopause, menopause and post menopause that can mimic Parkinson's symptoms or seem to exacerbate or ease Parkinson's symptoms. This is an area that needs more research for women with Parkinson's (1).
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name for the symptoms women can experience in the weeks before their period. Most women have PMS at some point. PMS can occur at any point in your reproductive life – but can worsen during menopause.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a very severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Perimenopause means "around menopause" and refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years.
Menopause is when a woman stops having periods. Menopause means ‘the last menstrual period’. It's not only those who identify as women who will experience menopause. Some transgender men, non-binary people and intersex people or people with variations in sex characteristics may also experience menopause.
Postmenopause is the time after menopause, when a woman hasn't experienced a period for over a year. Postmenopause, you will no longer have periods but some women do continue to experience symptoms of menopause.
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