Perimenopause is Natural
The transitional phase toward infertility, perimenopause (AKA menopause transition) coincides with unevenly decreasing hormone levels. Menstrual cycles may shorten or lengthen and women may experience cycle where they don’t ovulate. This transition typically begins in a woman’s 40s but can start as early as her mid 30s. Perimenopause lasts an average of four years but can occur over a few months or stretch for ten years.
You may experience menopause like symptoms during perimenopause. These symptoms can include hot flashes, sleep issues, mood changes, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, and bone loss.
Help is Available
Many women can deal with symptoms associated with perimenopause, but it is recommended that you seek help if your symptoms are interfering with your life or wellbeing.
You can also make lifestyle changes to help ease your symptoms. Exercise, diet changes, cutting out smoking and alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight can help you manage your symptoms.