Perimenopause refers to the transitional stage before menopause when a woman's body begins shifting toward permanent infertility. It's a natural biological process that typically begins for women in their late 30s to mid 40s.
During perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate and start to decline as the ovaries gradually lose their reproductive function. Common symptoms include:
The duration of perimenopause varies. It typically lasts an average of 4 years but can persist for 10 years or more before the final menstrual period marks the official onset of menopause.
Some women sail through perimenopause without much difficulty, while others find symptoms highly disruptive to daily life. Lifestyle measures like avoiding triggers, layering clothing, practicing stress management, staying active, etc. can provide relief. But some women may benefit from short-term hormone therapy for more bothersome symptoms. This involves taking low doses of hormones like estrogen and progestin to help stabilize hormone levels.
The clinicians at Equilibrium Hormone Institute specialize in perimenopause and menopause management. We provide customized care including:
We seek to empower women to navigate perimenopause and beyond with grace, knowledge and optimal wellbeing. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you thrive through this transition!