What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the time leading up to menopause, when a woman's body is going through the transition to permanent infertility. It's the period when estrogen levels begin to fluctuate and decline as the ovaries prepare to stop releasing eggs.

On average, perimenopause starts for most women around age 47, but it can begin as early as the 30s or 40s. The duration varies too. It typically lasts four years, but perimenopausal symptoms may persist for up to 10 years before menopause.

Some of the key signs and symptoms include:

The unpredictability of symptoms is what makes this time so challenging for many women. Keeping a perimenopause symptom journal can help identify patterns and track what strategies help.

Lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and finding ways to manage stress are wise. Some women also find relief by trying our customized bioidentical hormone therapy regimens at Balance Clinic. Our caring providers listen to your unique situation to help balance your hormones for a smoother transition.

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