What is Perimenopause

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. Perimenopause includes the menopause (not menopausal) transition and the first year of menopause.1

When does it occur?

Perimenopause begins for most women in their early 40s.  However, perimenopause can begin earlier than 40.

What is the average length of time that perimenopause lasts?

The average length of perimenopause is about four years, but others may be in this phase longer. If you have not had a period for more than 12 months, you are no longer in perimenopause. 2

How do I prepare for perimenopause?

Being prepared for perimenopause starts with knowing what to expect. Every month, your hormones have cycled in a symphony of communication between your hypothalamus, anterior pituitary gland, and ovaries. During perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate. As estrogen decreases, you are likely to experience menopause symptoms

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What are the symptoms of perimenopause?

Skipped/irregular periods

Hot flashes

Mood disturbance

Heavy periods

Decreased fertility

Night sweats

Sleep disturbance

Urinary frequency

Vaginal issues

Sexual function changes

Bone density loss

Cholesterol level changes 1

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