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Symptoms: Peri-Menopause & Menopause

Understanding Perimenopause: 

Perimenopause marks the commencement of the menopause transition, often starting in the mid-30s to 40s. This period can last 4 to 8 years, characterized by hormonal fluctuations that lead to: 

  • Varied menstrual cycles 
  • Hot flashes 
  • Sleep issues 
  • Mood changes 
  • Decreased sexual desire 
  • Headaches 
  • It’s a time of change, signaling the end of reproductive years with shifts in menstrual frequency before ceasing entirely. 

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Entering Menopause: 

Menopause is defined by the cessation of menstrual periods for 12 months, typically occurring between ages 40 and 58, with 51 being the average.  

Some symptoms include: 

  • Night sweats 
  • Vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse 
  • Thinning hair 
  • Dry skin 
  • Weight changes 

Hot flashes, the most common discomfort, present as sudden warmth, sweating, and possible chills afterwards. Lifestyle adjustments, hormone therapy, and nonhormonal prescriptions offer relief for many of these symptoms. 

Factors like smoking and genetics play roles in the timing of menopause, with smokers often experiencing menopause two years earlier than non-smokers. 

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