What is perimenopause? What are some of the signs and symptoms women experience?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses the most common sign of early menopause or perimenopause. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Perimenopause is when your body starts to transition to menopause. During this time, your body makes less estrogen. The most common sign or symptom you might have in perimenopause is abnormal bleeding. You should be evaluated by a doctor if you have abnormal bleeding because it could also be a sign of something concerning, such as uterine cancer. Another symptom you might feel in perimenopause is hot flashes. They may come and go in perimenopause, like they do in menopause, because of lower levels of estrogen. Generally, your levels of estrogen are higher in perimenopause than they are in menopause. 

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