What is Perimenopause?

what is perimenopause

Perimenopause is the phase that prepares our body for the menopause. During this time, our reproductive hormones; oestrogen and progesterone fluctuate and fall significantly, which has the ovaries shrinking and pausing its regular flow of producing eggs. As a result our period becomes progressively more irregular.

Perimenopause can last anywhere between a few months to several years. Sometimes the perimenopausal phase can occur for women as young as 40, which is called a premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) or in a simpler term; early or ‘premature’ menopause, and is more likely to occur if a woman has had any prior or ongoing reproductive and/or hormonal health issues.

If you need further support and guidance for perimenopause, make an appointment to have a discussion with your doctor.

 

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