What is Perimenopause?

Hot flashes, mood swings and irregular bleeding are all signs of menopause, right? Well, not exactly, according to physicians. Experts say that in reality menopause occurs in one single day in a woman's life: The time when a woman's childbearing years come to an end and she hasn't had a menstrual period in 12 consecutive months. Or menopause may occur because a woman's ovaries are surgically removed.


The above-mentioned symptoms are actually indicative of perimenopause, a condition that many American women will experience, but few will understand.

During perimenopause the body's production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone begins to decline. A woman may experience marked changes in her menstrual cycle at this point. Doctors describe it as the "transition" period, when a woman's menstrual cycle is irregular and when she stops having a period.

The bad news is that it's estimated that one in four women will experience hot flashes and night sweats during this time and both may last up to five years.

Perimenopause usually affects women between the ages of 45 and 50. But symptoms can appear in women as young as 30 years old. Physicians urge women who experience irregularity in their menstrual cycles, night sweats, and hot flashes to contact their gynecologist for answers.

The good news is that all women don't necessarily have to take a prescription medication to fix these problems. Some women can simply modify their lifestyles, incorporating a healthy diet and exercise to quell the symptoms.

For more information consult your physician or check out the web page of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.

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