How Long Does Perimenopause Last ?  

Perimenopause is a transitional phase that a woman experiences when her body undergoes changes. During this phase the body reduces the production of eggs from the ovaries and gradually the production ceases completely. When this happens, it is said that a woman is in menopause, which is a stage where the woman does not experience menstrual period for 12 consecutive months after her last menstrual period.

During the perimenopause phase, the ovaries tend to reduce the production of estrogen and as a result there is constant fluctuation of estrogen and other reproductive hormones in the body. Hence, a woman will experience several symptoms like irregular or missed menstrual period, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, depression, soreness of the joints, tenderness of the breasts, mood swings and night sweats. These symptoms disappear once a woman enters menopause.

Due to the numerous uncomfortable symptoms that a woman experiences during this phase, it is common for women to ask how long does perimenopause last. This phase usually begins in the mid-40s, but in some women it can begin in the mid-30s, and it will continue until the menopause sets in. The duration of perimenopause varies from one woman to the next. On an average, perimenopause lasts for around 4 years, but in some women, the duration of this transitional phase can be as little as few months, or as much as 10 years. Perimenopause comes to an end the first year after the woman enters menopause.

If you notice the symptoms of perimenopause, it is best to get a checkup done by a doctor to confirm that you are in the perimenopause phase. The doctor will be able to recommend some form of treatment, either medical or natural, to alleviate the symptoms and bring about some relief.

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