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What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the transition period your body experiences as it enters menopause. During this time, the body is slowing down the functions of your reproductive system (like producing estrogen!). Because of this, you experience a variety of symptoms while your body changes. 

Perimenopause usually occurs in one’s 40s and 50s, but it can appear earlier (30s) or later (60s). 

Symptoms of Perimenopause

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular periods
  • More susceptible to urinary tract or vaginal infections
  • Changes in mood
  • Higher risk of depression
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Weight Gain
  • Trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Change in sexual desire and libido
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Decline in fertility (still take necessary precautions!)
  • Brain fog
How is perimenopause connected to menopause?

One enters menopause when they haven’t had a menstrual period for more than 12 months. The time before that, while your body is transitioning, is perimenopause.