Menopause is a biological process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop releasing mature eggs and her body produces less estrogen and progesterone.
During perimenopause, your body is beginning the transition into menopause. That means that hormone production from your ovaries is beginning to decline. You may begin to experience some symptoms commonly associated with menopause. Your menstrual cycle may become irregular, but it won’t cease during the perimenopause stage.
Symptoms generally begin to occur between the ages of 40 and 50, with menopause commonly occurring around the age of 51.
Symptoms to look for
You may find that these symptoms come on slowly and you may not initially recognise them as perimenopausal symptoms.
Some of the symptoms you may notice include: