Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

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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    Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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