I'm 35 and Have Started To Sweat a Lot Lately. Could That Be a Sign of Early Menopause?

I'm 35 and Have Started To Sweat a Lot Lately. Could That Be a Sign of Early Menopause?

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There are many reasons for excess sweating, and an early perimopause (the start of the transition to menopause, which is the absence of periods for one year) is only one possibility. Menopause occurs most often in women who are older than 45; when menopause begins before 40, it is considered early. While this is possible, it’s a good idea to determine if other factors might be responsible for your excess sweating.

Keep a “sweat log”, writing down when you have sweating episodes, how long they last, and if you can determine what precipitated them. Make a note of when this started, and if it varies with the season (you’d expect to sweat more in the summer than winter).  Factors like spicy foods, a warm indoor or outdoor environment, or dressing in too many layers might all contribute. If you’ve eliminated these, pay a visit to your doctor, and provide this lifestyle background. You might need some blood work to determine if your hormonal profile is changing, and what kind of metabolic/hormonal issues might be the cause.
 

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