What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the time leading up to menopause, when a woman's body makes the natural transition toward permanent infertility. The hallmark of perimenopause is hormonal fluctuations - primarily estrogen. This phase can begin up to 10 years before a woman's final period.

During perimenopause, estrogen levels rise and fall unevenly, often leading to symptoms like:

Diagnosing perimenopause relies on a woman's reported symptoms and the results of blood tests. Doctors look for elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels alongside irregular cycles.

Managing perimenopause involves lifestyle measures like staying cool, wearing layered clothing, exercising, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol. If symptoms disrupt sleep or daily activities, low-dose hormonal birth control can help stabilize estrogen levels. Local estrogen creams may relieve vaginal dryness.

At Vitality Hormone Center, our practitioners specialize in perimenopause and menopause management. We provide comprehensive lab testing to assess your hormone levels. Based on the results, our nurse practitioners can prescribe bioidentical hormone therapy to alleviate symptoms. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation!

For many women, perimenopause lasts 4-8 years. It ends when a woman reaches menopause - defined as 12 months without a period. Knowing what to expect can help you feel empowered in this transition.

Here are some key points about perimenopause:

What causes perimenopausal hormonal shifts?

When does the perimenopausal transition occur?

How is perimenopause diagnosed?

I hope this overview on perimenopause gives you a better idea of what to expect. Feel free to reach out to Vitality Hormone Center for personalized guidance if you're experiencing perimenopausal symptoms. Our compassionate practitioners are here to listen and help you thrive through this transition.

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