What is perimenopause?
This is the stage in a woman’s life that is comprised of the years prior to menopause.
When does it start?
It can start as early as age 30 and generally tends to last approximately 10-15 years.
Why does it happen?
As the hormone levels in the body (estrogen and progesterone) begin to fluctuate, you will begin to see changes in your body and mood. At first, the changes tend to be less noticeable, but as the hormone fluctuations become more drastic, you’ll notice more symptoms and changes.
What are symptoms?
To name a few, you’ll begin to see changes in your menstrual cycle, mood changes, changes with sex, and an increased association with other health conditions. All of these changes occur on a continuum until menopause finally occurs.
Can I prevent perimenopause?
No. The menopausal transition or perimenopause is a naturally occurring process. You can treat the symptoms, however.
What are the treatments that are available?
Treatments range from diet and lifestyle changes to hormone replacement therapy.
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi