Menopause is the natural aging process in women, in which women’s ovaries halt egg production and female hormone levels (Estrogen and progesterone) start to decline. The stage, perimenopause, precedes menopause and usually occurs a few years before a woman’s last menstrual cycle.

Perimenopause can begin as early as in a woman’s 30s, but more typically, it starts between ages 40-44. The later stages of perimenopause occur in a woman’s late 40s to early 50s. Within this stage, women will experience irregular periods (missing periods) until they eventually stop.

Menopause is considered to have officially begun once it has been 12 months since a woman has last had her period. It is important to take note of perimenopausal symptoms to identify when exactly you are entering this stage. Experiencing perimenopausal symptoms at an earlier age than expected should not raise any reason for alarm, as everyone’s bodies process and change uniquely.

You can refer to our other perimenopausal symptom blogs to educate yourself on the potential symptoms that can arise and remedies/coping techniques to help combat them.

-Written by Kaila An MPH

Menopause Information. (n.d.). Mount Sinai. Retrieved January 28, 2023, from %20surges%20in%20estrogen.


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If you're unsure that you're going through perimenopause, we recommend reaching out to you health care provider for further testing. Your doctor may suggest blood tests to check if you're in transition to menopause (aka perimenopause). 

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  1. Reduce sweet and sugary foods. Sugar is known to spike up insulin levels which can effectively impact powerful hormones in your body. 
  2. Eat your protein.  Skipping meals is the worst thing you can do during perimenopause and menopause. Protein and healthy fats will help you produce the hormones you need. Perimenopause is not a good time for 'yo-yo diets.' 
  3. Reduce or remove dairy products. Dairy contains endocrine-disruptive properties that can be  sensitive for women in perimenopause.

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