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Symptom Checker: Perimenopause

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Top symptoms include:
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes

Menopause technically refers to the time after your periods have stopped for a full year and occurs, on average, at age 51. Perimenopause -- the period leading up to menopause -- typically lasts about four years but can range from a few months to 10 years. Estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate throughout this process but as a woman gets closer to menopause, symptoms such as those above become more likely. In addition, she may have insomnia, vaginal dryness, fatigue, and changes in sexual arousal and function.

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