Most women are familiar with menopause, but did you know about perimenopause? The term refers to the transition period when a woman’s body begins to lose fertility. Estrogen and progesterone levels may rise or fall unevenly, menstrual cycles may become unpredictable, and menopause-like symptoms may begin.
Possible Perimenopause Symptoms • Irregular periods • Vaginal dryness • Mood swings • Bladder issues • Sleep problems • Low libido • Cognitive difficulties • Hot flashes
Some women notice signs such as menstrual irregularities in their early 30s, while others do not see changes until their 40s. If you experience symptoms that interfere with your well-being, see your doctor. In the meantime, learn more ways to manage perimenopause and relieve symptoms.