I am 42 years old and believe I am starting to go through perimenopause. My mother went through menopause in her mid 40's and had a very difficult time with mood swings, etc. I have been finding that my PMS symptoms have been intensifying. I also have endometriosis so I am used to the cramps. I have found, though, that my mood swings during that time are much worse. I feel very depressed and cry a lot for a couple days at the beginning of my period. I occasionally have hot flashes at night and nausea during this time also. Is this all a symptom of the beginnings of menopause? My poor husband called me during the day yesterday and I was so depressed and started crying for no reason. He is just getting used to these mood swings since we recently got married. What can be done to lessen these symptoms, if anything?