Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Perimenopause
Browse and register for related classes.
Perimenopause is the span of years before menopause when a woman's
hormone levels and menstrual periods become irregular. Perimenopause has been
described as "going through menopause" or "being in menopause."
After 1 year of having no periods, a woman has reached menopause.
This is usually around age 50. In the years before menopause, changing hormone
levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, cause perimenopausal symptoms.
These typically start in a woman's mid-40s, and they continue for a year or two
Some women have mild perimenopausal symptoms. Others have severe
symptoms that affect their sleep and daily lives. Symptoms can include:
Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Share Feedback and Questions
View Quality Data
© 2016 Concord Hospital