What are the signs of perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the time when a woman’s body begins transitioning into menopause, or the end of her reproductive years. During perimenopause, your ovaries will start producing less estrogen as they prepare to stop releasing eggs. Your period may become irregular or unpredictable.

The difference between menopause and perimenopause

Menopause means you haven’t had a menstrual period in 12 consecutive months or longer. Perimenopause describes the years leading up to menopause when your menstrual cycle becomes unpredictable. Perimenopause ends in menopause.

When does perimenopause start?

Perimenopause can begin anytime between your mid-30s to mid-50s. Each woman is different, though it generally starts eight to 10 years before menopause. Most women start perimenopause in their mid-40s and go through menopause in their early 50s.

Certain medical procedures can cause you to enter early menopause, such as surgery to remove the ovaries or uterus.

How long does perimenopause last?

Perimenopause generally lasts four to eight years, though this timeframe can be shorter or longer for some women.

What are the signs of perimenopause?

As your body adjusts to different hormone levels, you’ll likely notice physical changes and other symptoms. The earliest sign of perimenopause is irregular menstrual periods. Other symptoms of perimenopause include vaginal dryness, hot flashes, heavier or lighter periods than normal, sleep problems (such as insomnia), mood changes (like irritability, mood swings and depression), the urge to urinate more frequently and changes in premenstrual syndrome ( PMS symptoms.

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