Perimenopause: Symptoms, Treatment and FAQs


What is Perimenopause?
The word ‘peri’ means ‘around’. Basically, perimenopause means ‘around menopause’. This is the period in which a woman’s body transitions to infertility. It symbolizes the onset of hormonal imbalance and fluctuations that accompany the aging process. In other words, it is the decline of important reproductive hormones in the female body. These changes are responsible for sudden weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, inability to concentrate, low libido, vaginal dryness, insomnia, irregular periods, etc.


When Does Perimenopause Start?
Perimenopause typically begins at an average of 5 years before menopause. However, certain health and environmental conditions can lead to an early onset, which makes it possible for women to start experiencing symptoms in their late 30s.


How Long Does Perimenopause Last?
Perimenopause can last from a few months to 12 years. Even though the length of time can vary for each woman, perimenopause will last as long as there is a menstrual cycle.


What are the Symptoms of Perimenopause?
The signs and symptoms of perimenpause are very similar to those of menopause. These are hot flashes, night sweats, unexplained weight gain, low libido, vaginal dryness, mood swings, insomnia, fatigue and hair loss. The main difference between perimenopause and menopause is the menstrual cycle. Women experiencing symptoms of perimenopause still get periods, but they are irregular.


How is Perimenopause Treated?
The symptoms of perimenopause are treated like those of menopause. Hormone imbalance is the major cause of these symptoms, which means, hormone replacement therapy may be necessary. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is highly recommended because bioidentical hormones mimic the body’s natural hormones, which makes therapy more effective and relatively safer.


Contact us
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of perimenopause mentioned above, contact our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy clinic in Milwaukee, WI. Our medical provider will evaluate your symptoms, check your hormone levels and determine the right course of treatment.
World-renowned actress, author and health spokesperson, Suzanne Somers, is an advocate for Bioindentical Hormones. In this video, she discusses the difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones.