What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the transitional stage leading up to menopause, which is the point when a woman's menstrual cycles permanently stop. On average, perimenopause begins between the ages of 45-55 years old. However the onset and duration varies widely.

Some signs of early perimenopause include:

During perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate unevenly and can cause many changes:

Estrogen rises and falls erratically, sometimes spiking higher than usual. Progesterone and testosterone levels also decline during this time. These hormonal shifts drive the unpredictable perimenopausal symptoms like irregular periods.

Hormone testing to check estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels is important for understanding and managing symptoms. The expert women's health clinicians at Optimized Hormones offers advanced bioidentical hormone therapies to help alleviate disruptive perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. Reaching optimal hormonal balance is key to feeling your best during this transition.

Here's what you should know:

Perimenopause can last 4-8 years

The average duration is 4 years, but it may be shorter or last up to 8 years for some women. It ends 12 months after a woman's final natural menstrual period. The unpredictable periods and other symptoms of perimenopause can significantly impact quality of life for some women. But help is available!

Managing symptoms is key

It's crucial to monitor symptoms and communicate with your doctor if they are interfering with your life. Small lifestyle tweaks plus bioidentical hormone therapy tailored to your specific hormonal situation can make a major difference. The specialized women's health experts at Optimized Hormones offer customized care. They listen carefully and help find solutions so this transition won't get in the way of you thriving in life and work.

You don't have to tough it out. Help and answers are available! Connect with the compassionate perimenopause and menopause specialists at Optimized Hormones to discuss your options.

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