Perimenopause

Perimenopause means that the process of leaving periods behind has begun. Your periods become irregular. You learn what a hot flash is, or you have trouble sleeping. Our women’s health specialists have seen it all. We're happy to sort out what's happening to you and what you can do to nix symptoms.

Perimenopause is the time leading up to a woman's last period and menopause. During this time, your period will stop and start. About 40 percent of women have significant symptoms between ages 39 and 51. Perimenopause can last five years or longer, until a year has passed since your last period.

Treatments for Perimenopause

If you are 39 to 45 and your hormone levels start to fluctuate, it may be perimenopause, which is the time leading up to your last period. Many women in perimenopause experience a drop in energy levels, trouble sleeping, mood changes and breast pain.

A Spectrum Health midlife and menopause specialist will help you better understand what’s happening to your body. We can recommend proven treatments that specifically address your symptoms. Treatment may include changes to your diet, increased exercise and hormone replacement therapy. Learn more about perimenopause treatments here.

Diet and Nutrition Counseling
Limiting caffeine, simple sugar, saturated fat and alcohol, while drinking plenty of water, can help control hot flashes and other perimenopause symptoms.

Exercise and Meditation
Setting aside time for regular exercise and quiet, metered breathing (meditation) can help alleviate symptoms of perimenopause.

Hormone Medicines
Low doses of hormones can help with sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, menstrual migraines and PMS.