35 Symptoms of Perimenopause: Adrenal Fatigue

by Magnolia on January 25, 2011

A common complaint among women in perimenopause is an overwhelming sense of fatigue and exhaustion, often described as crashing fatigue.  Many women tend to chalk it up, however, as the result of sleepless nights associated with night sweats and insomnia.

While it is certainly true that insomnia and sleepless nights are a contributing factor to crashing fatigue in perimenopause, it is adrenal fatigue, an often overlooked factor in exhaustion during perimenopause which could very well be the bigger culprit.

The Basic Function of Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands are two walnut sized endocrine organs located just above the kidneys.  Comprised of the inner-medulla and the outer-cortex, the adrenals work in tandem and play a key role in our body’s response to stress by releasing three hormones: adrenaline (norepinephrine), cortisol and DHEA.

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Rebekah Wohlgemuth February 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

You are right on with these “crashing”-type symptoms. I just need someone to blog with that can relate to my symptoms as well. thanks


Judy S December 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I can totally relate…now…how do we solve this situation! I’m not going through the rest of this without a battle and I’m aiming to win!


Magnolia December 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hi Judy,

The fighting spirit is definitely the way to go with perimenopause! Thanks so much for stopping by! Join us at Facebook too!


Beth September 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

Im trying to figure out why I feel best,all month, the week BEFORE my period. This sure is a switch. I dont understand what’s going on hormonally for me to feel this way.

Im only just beginning to have irregular periods a few times a yr for the last yr. Im 52 .
NO libido (def NOT MY norm). And I feel foggy headed and with flat moods. No joy ,no rage..just here and BLAH…but IM NOT DEPRESSED!!!!!!!

I feel like my body is having its’ way with me and Im being taken for one hell of a ride.
And HOW do I MANAGE the symptoms so I just FEEL good again and more like my old sef!! HELP! Ty for ANY insight you could offer.


Magnolia September 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Hi Beth,

One thing I can tell you about perimenopause is that there is NO rhyme or reason to it. Everything that you knew to be good and predictable about your cycles before perimenopause are now OFF the table.

Yes, your body is having its way with you. You will feel good again one day. I promise.



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