Questions About Perimenopause
posted by OB/GYN | May 25, 2018
Most often referred to as “The Change” or menopause transition, perimenopause is the period in a woman’s life that begins a few years before menopause itself begins. This developmental period is where the body is beginning to decrease its estrogen production and symptoms of menopause may begin to manifest. Here’s everything you need to know on perimenopause.
Perimenopause tends to begin in a woman’s 40s, though it’s possible for it to begin in the 30s or even earlier in some cases. A woman is considered to be in perimenopause until the time when the ovaries stop releasing eggs to be fertilized—at this point, menopause itself starts.
Average perimenopause length is four years, though the length varies between people. It can be as short as a few months or as long as a decade in some cases. You’ll know it has ended for good when you’ve gone a full year straight without getting your period.
While perimenopause affects people so differently, it’s a natural process that many will experience. Here are a few common questions that people have asked:
In general, speaking to your doctor about how to prepare for menopause is important. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Menopause and perimenopause are not causes of heart disease, but your risk may rise during this period due to the decrease in estrogen levels and changes to cholesterol or blood pressure levels. These changes can impact heart disease risks, but you can also take steps to lower these risks and balance this out.
Your doctor can offer further recommendations for perimenopause and how to manage it.
“Perimenopause.” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/guide-perimenopause#1
“The Change Before the Change: 9 Questions About Perimenopause.” Penn Medicine. https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/womens-health/2016/december/the-change-before-the-change
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.