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Perimenopause symptoms can start as early as 30 years and last from a few months to several years. The average duration of perimenopause is about four years, but some women can experience perimenopause for up to ten years before menopause.

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What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is a phase which most women experiencing a natural menopause will go through for 5 -10 years before their last period. It is a transitional phase that signifies the onset of menopause. Menopause is defined as not having had a period for one entire year. Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause when the female body starts to experience several physical and emotional changes. Some women do not have perimenopause, for example, due to surgical menopause, such as removal of the uterus (hysterectomy).

Perimenopause can be defined as the time before menopause when the ovaries start to produce less oestrogen. Oestrogen is a hormone that regulates the menstrual cycle, and its decline results in irregular periods, hot flushes, and several other physical and emotional symptoms related to menopause.

Symptoms of Perimenopause?

Perimenopause can be a challenging time for women, with many physical and emotional symptoms. Some common symptoms of perimenopause include:

Irregular periods

One of the first signs of perimenopause can be having irregular periods – this might mean that periods come closer or further apart than usual or become heavier or lighter.

Hot flushes

Hot flushes are a common symptom of perimenopause, and can last several minutes. It is common to feel hot, sweating, and flushed. 

Night sweats

Some women experience night sweats, the same as hot flushes but occur during sleep.

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