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  • n. The physiological stage menstruating women go through when approaching menopause, when, due to hormonal changes, they progress from their usual pattern of menstruation through a phase of atypical menstruation, and finally cease menstruating. Perimenopause ends when a woman has not menstruated for a year.


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From Ancient Greek περί (peri, "about, around, near"). + μήν (men, "month") + παῦσις (pausis, "pause").


  • A simple way to remember the perimenopause is this - "Perimenopause is hell".

    Menopause Defined

  • Hormonally, the perimenopause is characterized by fluctuating hormone levels and rising FSH levels.

    Menopause Defined

  • The entire transition period, which involves many physical and emotional changes for some women, is called the perimenopause “peri” means “around” and can last anywhere from one to ten years.


  • Not that I need donuts, of course, since my forgetfulness could also be attributed to perimenopause, which is also making me gain weight at a pretty scary clip.

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  • The transition to menopause, sometimes called perimenopause, is often a gradual process, involving the fluctuation of hormonal levels and some physical changes before the last menstrual cycle.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • For the last thirty years, I have had increasingly healthy habits, and when I found out my perimenopause was a really strong one, I increased the healthiness of my diet and my exercise level in an attempt to override some of the symptoms.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • As we go through the menopause transition sometimes called perimenopause, our hormones fluctuate and our menstrual cycles may become erratic.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • Among other things, I've now embarked on the Excellent Adventure known as perimenopause, which may make my moods even flakier than usual.

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  • The period of time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause, during which women undergo some pretty drastic hormonal changes and may have irregular periods. :

  • And some are still years away from menopause; the hormonal ups and down are often more pronounced in "perimenopause," which can start as much as seven years earlier.

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