Perimenopause Snapshot can be a place to start if you are in your 40s and searching for information about period changes, hot flushes, night sweats and more.


What is perimenopause?

Depending on the Source the definition of perimenopause may vary. In Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What is perimenopause? the North American Menopause Society’s definition of perimenopause is:

“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”.

Different Differences

Is perimenopause one-size-fits-all?

In Perimenopause – Fact Sheet: When Does Perimenopause Occur? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

Perimenopause Snapshot

“Perimenopause usually happens in a woman’s 40s and on average lasts 4-6 years, but can be as short as one year, or as long as 10. When you have had no period, spotting or staining for 12 months, you have reached menopause and are then considered postmenopausal. However, symptoms may continue for months or years after menopause – every woman is different”.

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Last Updated: 10 April 2022 – Last Revised: 03 April 2022