Perimenopause and menopause are a signal of new life stages in every woman’s life, and the compassionate, expert team at St. Elizabeth Women’s Health team is here to offer support and evidence-based care. Because no two women are the same, we provide services specific to your needs and goals. Some women have occasional symptoms, while others experience bothersome symptoms such as mood swings, memory loss, weight gain and hot flashes. No matter what you’re experiencing, we’re right here for you every step of the way.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the step before you reach menopause. Women in perimenopause no longer have regular monthly periods; instead, they might skip a month altogether. Women in perimenopause also have inconsistent flows — a “barely there” flow one month followed by a heavy flow the next month.
Women can reach perimenopause at different ages; however, many start transitioning into perimenopause in their 40s. It’s possible to get pregnant with irregular periods during the perimenopause stage.
What is menopause?
If you haven’t had a menstrual cycle in 12 consecutive months, you have moved from the perimenopause phase into menopause. This natural shift in a woman’s body signifies that you can no longer get pregnant. Typically, menopause occurs in women between 45 and 55 years old, with an average age of 50.