What is Menopause and Perimenopause?

Menopause and perimenopause are terms that mark a significant phase in a woman's life, yet they're often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. Simply put, menopause refers to the point in time when a woman's menstrual periods permanently cease, typically diagnosed after going 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle. It signifies the end of her reproductive years, generally occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. However, the journey to this milestone begins much earlier, a stage known as perimenopause.

Perimenopause is the transitional period leading up to menopause. This phase can last for several years and is characterized by a variety of symptoms due to fluctuating hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone. Women in perimenopause might notice irregular menstrual cycles, changes in menstrual flow, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and mood swings. Understanding that these symptoms are a normal part of the transition can provide reassurance and guide women...

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