The transition into menopause, called peri-menopause, commonly lasts for 2-3 years. During peri-menopause ovarian sex hormone production slows and ovulation becomes unpredictable, causing fluctuating monthly patterns until your period ceases completely.
What is Perimenopause?
What are the signs of Perimenopause?
The signs and symptoms of perimenopause include:
Mood changes - depression, anxiety
Night sweats and hot flushes, which may be moderate to debilitating in their effects
What are the causes of Perimenopause?
The exact cause of perimenopause is unknown but the following factors play an important role:
Hormone imbalance - insulin and testosterone
How do I know if I have Perimenopause?
To diagnose perimenopause, your doctor is likely to ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical exam or request the following tests:
Female comprehensive hormone profile (blood)