Perimenopause and Menopause
Embrace the transformative power of menopause as a life stage. Gain practical insights and strategies for how to navigate menopause with Fempower Health’s resources. Explore hormonal shifts, symptom management, and self-care practices.
What is Perimenopause vs. Menopause?
2-5 years in duration
Risk of heavier periods, increased period pain, migraines, sleep disturbances
Onset of irregular periods with variation of 7 or more days
Low progesterone which can lead to mood changes, migraines, sleep issues, breast pain
High, fluctuating estrogen but it drops even lower, causing worse night sweats and hot flashes
First cycle that lasts more than 60 days
Breast pain eases
Hot flashes and night sweats may intensify
May have 1-2 heavy periods
12 months from the final period
Mood symptoms may stabilize
Sleep may stabilize
Hot flashes may continue
Perimenopause, meaning “around” menopause, is when your female body naturally transitions into the life stage of menopause — the end of your reproductive years. Typically during your mid-40s, you’ll notice perimenopause symptoms. You might begin to experience irregular periods, weight changes, decreased libido, or vaginal dryness. Some women notice these changes earlier in their mid-30s, while others don’t enter perimenopause until later in their 50s. Not all women have the same severity of perimenopause and menopause symptoms.
Menopause begins one year after your last period
NOTE: Does not apply for early menopause or medical/surgically induced menopause
Additionally, individual symptoms vary as do the severity of those symptoms.
Source: Dr. Lara Briden’s Hormone Repair Manual
“With menopause, there’s this cultural norm that women just suffer; women are automatically difficult. No. Women don’t have to suffer through menopause.”
- Dr. Maria Uloko
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Perimenopause and menopause are an inevitable phase of life for over 50% of the population (all women). Learn about the perimenopause stages, hormone levels during perimenopause, and common symptoms you may experience during this time. To get quick explanations on what to expect and how to manage menopausal topics, check out the Fempower Health blog.