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)

Other Words from perimenopause

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

Examples of perimenopause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At its core, Elektra supports and cares for women navigating the perimenopause and menopause journey. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Research has found that approximately 38 percent of women in perimenopause report symptoms of depression. Jessica Zucker, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Nov. 2021 As a woman on the precipice of navigating perimenopause myself, I was inspired to build a platform to ensure no woman felt alone or unsupported during her menopause journey. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Intimate health issues often get exponentially worse as women approach perimenopause and menopause. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 If the brain changes significantly during perimenopause, that might turn out to be a crucial window during which to try to prevent Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases that often accompany older age. New York Times, 21 July 2021 Medical factors might include hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause, menopause and post-partum, as well as stress, illness, weight loss, and even gut health. Kristin Auble, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2021 Some might also have mental health reactions to the physical changes of perimenopause, like hot flashes or changes in libido. Jessica Gold, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Vaginal dryness can occur for lots of reasons, including childbirth, taking certain cold medications, and being in perimenopause or menopause. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of perimenopause

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Perimenopause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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