peri·​men·​o·​pause | \ ˌper-ē-ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce perimenopause (audio) , -ˈmē-\

Definition of perimenopause

: the period around the onset of menopause that is often marked by various physical signs (such as hot flashes and menstrual irregularity)

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perimenopausal \ ˌper-​ē-​ˌme-​nə-​ˈpȯ-​zəl How to pronounce perimenopausal (audio) , -​ˌmē-​ \ adjective

Examples of perimenopause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flaxseed might even improve hot flashes The research is mixed, but some studies suggest flaxseed can help with this symptom of perimenopause. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "10 Health Benefits of Flaxseed, According to a Nutritionist," 22 Oct. 2019 Hot flashes and fatigue associated with perimenopause can wreak havoc on your energy levels, says McGrath, so talk to your doctor about possible hormonal remedies. Denise Schipani, Woman's Day, "Myths About Sex After 40," 22 Apr. 2013 During perimenopause, women will usually notice irregular periods. Korin Miller,, "When Does Menopause Start—And How Long Does it Last?," 17 Sep. 2019 This is part of perimenopause, or the time when ovulation and menstruation happen less often, according to the Merck Manual. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "So, Let’s Talk About That Whole Fertility and Age 35 Thing," 22 Aug. 2019 The phase before menopause, called perimenopause, can last for several years as hormone levels begin gradually shifting, according to ACOG. Amy Marturana, SELF, "12 Causes of Spotting and Breakthrough Bleeding," 28 Dec. 2018 Really dry, atrophic changes in your discharge can signal perimenopause (the transition phase before menopause) or menopause. Elizabeth Durand Streisand, Good Housekeeping, "What the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Means, According to Gynos," 27 Nov. 2018 Estrogen plays a role in regulating mood, sleep, and your overall sense of well-being, and levels of this hormone start fluctuating during perimenopause. Sarah Richards, Woman's Day, "Quiet Your Mind in Anxious Times With These Expert Tricks," 14 Aug. 2018 Your body also gives you warning signs, or menopausal symptoms, that start occurring during the perimenopause or menopause transition. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of perimenopause

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Perimenopause.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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peri·​men·​o·​pause | \ -ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz, -ˈmēn- How to pronounce perimenopause (audio) \

Medical Definition of perimenopause

: the period around the onset of menopause that is often marked by various physical signs (as hot flashes and menstrual irregularity)

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