What is it?  Perimenopause is the years prior to menopause beginning in your 30’s or 40’s. The estrogen produced by the ovaries start to fluctuate.

Symptoms: Changes in menstrual cycle. Some women may experience longer or shorter cycles, menstrual bleeding could be heavier or lighter, may skip cycles.

Changes in menstrual bleeding should be discussed with your health care provider because abnormal menstrual bleeding could be sign of a problem. Some women may also experience hot flashes, night sweats, sleeping problems, vaginal dryness, and urinary symptoms.

Some women do not experience any perimenopausal symptoms, or very mild symptoms, a few women will have some severe symptoms.

Catherine Monhollen APRN