Menopause FAQs: Perimenopause includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about perimenopause, the menopausal transition or around menopause.

Menopause FAQs: PerimenopauseWhat is perimenopause?

In Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What is perimenopause? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“A. The gradual transition between the reproductive years and menopause is called perimenopause (meaning around menopause). It is generally a transition lasting many years and can be associated with shorter menstrual intervals, irregular menses, hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms. In some women, these symptoms are troublesome enough to require medical intervention”.

What is the menopausal transition?

In Perimenopause or Menopausal Transition: Key Points the Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) note:

  • “The menopausal transition and perimenopause are inter-changeable terms”.

What may perimenopause symptoms include?

Menopause FAQs: PerimenopauseIn What Is Menopause? What Is Perimenopause (The Menopausal Transition)? the AMS elaborate on:

“Peri-menopause refers to the time leading up to menopause when a woman may start experiencing changes in her menstrual periods such as, irregular periods or changes in flow. Cycles can be shorter or longer in length. Symptoms may also include hot flushes and night sweats, aches and pains, fatigue or irritability as well as premenstrual symptoms such as sore breasts. These changes may be caused by fluctuations in the production of hormones from the ovary”.

When does perimenopause start?

In Perimenopause – Symptoms and Causes: Overview the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:

Menopause FAQs: Perimenopause

“Women start perimenopause at different ages. You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s”.

How long does perimenopause last?

In Menopause Basics: How Long Does the Transition To Menopause Last? Menopause FAQs: Perimenopausethe Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov explain:

“Perimenopause, the transition to menopause, can last between two and eight years before your periods stop permanently. For most women, this transition to menopause lasts about four years. You will know you have reached menopause only after it has been a full year since your last period. This means you have not had any bleeding, including spotting, for 12 months in a row”.

Why does perimenopause occur? Menopause FAQs: Perimenopause

In Menopause – What are the Symptoms? a video in the International Menopause Society (IMS) video series Information About Menopause, explains how estrogen declines at menopause and the resulting symptoms.

How is perimenopause diagnosed?

in About Menopause: The Stages of Menopause – Perimenopause: Diagnosis of Perimenopause ? the (Australasian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) elaborate on:

“There is no test to diagnose perimenopause. It is best identified by considering:

  • Changes in the nature of your periods, such as:
    • How frequent they are now and if that has changed
    • How long they last and if that has changed
    • How light or heavy they are and if that has changed”.

How may perimenopause be treated?

Menopause FAQs: Perimenopausein About Menopause: The Stages of Menopause – Perimenopause: Management of Perimenopause ? the JH elaborate on:

“Depending on your symptoms and medical history, the following may be suitable treatment and management options:

  • Combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP)
  • Menopause hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT)
  • Mirena® – progestin-releasing intra-uterine device (IUD) for heavy bleeding
  • Natural therapies (see an accredited naturopath)”.

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: PerimenopauseIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find more Menopause FAQs. The NAMS explain:

“Navigate through the different topics to find answers from the experts on frequently asked questions about menopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, hot flashes, hormone therapy, health after menopause, finding a menopause specialist, and more”.

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Last Updated: 23 June 2019 – Last Revised: 18 February 2019
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