What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the transitional period leading up to menopause, which is the point when a woman's menstrual cycles permanently stop. During perimenopause, a woman's body begins shifting away from reproductive function as hormone levels start to fluctuate and decline. This phase can last anywhere from 2-10 years.

Some key things to know about perimenopause:

Why does this transition occur? As women age, the ovaries gradually make less estrogen and progesterone — hormones that regulate menstrual cycles. Perimenopause is the span of time when fertility and hormone production decline. Once hormone levels fall below a certain threshold, periods become irregular and eventually stop.

How is perimenopause treated? Making healthy lifestyle choices like eating well, exercising, and reducing stress can help ease some symptoms. For more severe symptoms, low-dose birth control, antidepressants, or hormone therapy may provide relief. The clinicians at Balance Hormone Clinic can provide personalized care plans to help women navigate perimenopause and optimize wellbeing during this transition.

I hope this overview helps explain what happens during the perimenopausal transition that precedes menopause. While it can be an unpredictable time, understanding the process and getting the right care can ensure you continue thriving in midlife and beyond! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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