peri·​men·​o·​pause | \ ˌper-ē-ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz, -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 , -​ˌmē-​ \ adjective

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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 Whether due to the night-waking of young children or hot flashes from the onset of perimenopause, middle-age is when sleep quality goes downhill for many women. NBC News, "Why it takes longer for women to lose weight after 40 (even Charlize Theron)," 4 May 2018 First there's perimenopause: That's the few years before menopause when those bothersome symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and the urgent need to go to the bathroom begin. Dr. Oz, Good Housekeeping, "Dr. Oz Tackles Your Biggest Health Questions," 17 Jan. 2018 Levels of FSH rise during perimenopause as the ovaries fail, presumably as the body tries (and fails) to stimulate more estrogen production. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "This one weird antibody reduces belly fat (in post-menopausal women)," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of perimenopause

1962, in the meaning defined above

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peri·​men·​o·​pause | \ -ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz, -ˈmēn- \

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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