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    What is perimenopause? Everything you should know

    Updated 14 November 2023 |
    Published 17 January 2024
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    Dr. Sameena Rahman
    Medically reviewed by Dr. Sameena Rahman, Clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Illinois, US
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    Perimenopause is the transition to menopause. Here’s why it happens, what to look out for, and where to go for support with symptoms if you need it.

    Are you experiencing sudden hot flashes at random times throughout the day or night sweats when you’re trying to sleep? How about irregular periods, a feeling of forgetfulness, mood swings, or sleep issues? If so, you could be experiencing perimenopause, the natural transition to menopause.

    You’ve probably heard about menopause but might be wondering what exactly perimenopause is. Confusingly, the two terms are often used interchangeably, even though they mean different things.