What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the time leading up to menopause, when a woman's body is going through the transition to no longer having menstrual periods. This phase can begin up to 10 years before menopause starts and lasts until 12 months after a woman's last period.

The hallmark sign of perimenopause is irregular menstrual cycles. As ovulation becomes more unpredictable, menstrual cycles may be longer or shorter, heavier or lighter, than usual. Other common symptoms include:

These happen because perimenopause is driven by hormonal shifts. The ovaries begin making less estrogen and progesterone - the hormones that control the menstrual cycle. At the same time, ovarian function becomes irregular and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels rise as the body tries to stimulate ovulation.

Managing troublesome perimenopause symptoms starts with lifestyle changes like avoiding triggers for hot flashes, trying herbal remedies, eating healthy, exercising, and reducing stress. If those aren't enough, the next step is to talk to your healthcare provider about:

At Prime Hormone Solutions, our caring medical team specializes in guiding women through perimenopause and menopause with individualized treatment plans to help relieve symptoms and optimize long-term health. Think you could have perimenopause? Book a consultation to understand what's happening in your body and explore options personalized for your needs. We're here to listen and help you feel your best through every transition life brings!

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