WHAT IS PERIMENOPAUSE
Your periods are becoming a little erratic, your skin feels extremely dry, you frequently feel bloated, your memory is cloudy, and occasionally you wake up in the middle of the night sweating. We all agree that it's a little unsettling. But before you start researching your symptoms because you're concerned you might have a fatal ailment, consider this. If you are over 35, there's a good probability that you are only going through perimenopause.
So what is perimenopause, exactly? Most people have heard about menopause, which typically occurs in women between the ages of 40 and 50 and marks the end of menstruation and fertility. The perimenopause stage, however, is when the menopausal transition might start several years sooner.
According to The Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org “Peri-menopause means ‘around menopause’ and refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years. Perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition”.
Eight to ten years before you reach menopause, you may experience perimenopause. The majority of women start to experience perimenopause symptoms in their late 30s to early 40s. As we become older, the ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, which results in perimenopause.
Your estrogen levels may go up or down erratically, which can interfere with your regular 28-day menstrual cycle. Your periods have become unpredictable and erratic as a result.
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