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Menopause Diagnosising

Emily Butler

Most women face menopause at the age of 51, however, the exact time when this phenomenon takes place varies significantly from person to person, just as the intensity of menopausal symptoms does.

So what are the signs of approaching this unusual stage of your life? Perimenopause is the transitional period that lasts from 2 to 10 years before menopause begins. So, in what way is the onset of perimenopause diagnosed? Let's answer some of the most frequency asked questions about perimenopause and menopause. The answers are based only on the comments of experts and specialists.

What are the signs of perimenopause?

In addition to the definite age, the first sign that a woman is reaching perimenopause is that menstrual cycles become irregular. This is not only about frequency of menstruation but also about the amount of blood discharged, as well as the intervals between periods. "Menstrual cycle changes are the main sign that a woman is entering this transition period," says director of the Vincent Menopause Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Jan Shifren, MD, who is also an associate professor of gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive biology at Harvard University Medical School. Other signals that a menopausal transition is beginning include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sudden mood changes, night sweats and some others.