peri·​men·​o·​pause ˌper-ē-ˈme-nə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce perimenopause (audio)
: the period around the onset of menopause that is often marked by various physical signs (such as hot flashes and menstrual irregularity)
perimenopausal adjective

Examples of perimenopause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Four out of five working American and British women say managing perimenopause and menopause symptoms at work is a challenge, according to this year’s Menopause in the Workplace Survey from Carrot Fertility. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 Naomi Campbell has no problem being open about experiencing symptoms of perimenopause. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 Alisa Jones—author of The Empress newsletter, which aims to improve the experiences of women in perimenopause and menopause—recently posted about hosting her own perimenopause party. Margie Zable Fisher, Fortune Well, 10 Sep. 2023 Identified as the transitional time before entering the menopause, the perimenopause marks the ending of a woman’s reproductive years and is usually first characterized by an irregular menstrual cycle. Georgia Day, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 There are three stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Laura Dorwart, Health, 11 Sep. 2023 The 39-million-plus working women in the United States in their 40s and beyond will discover that the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause are a real thing, and will intrude on their workday. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 22 Aug. 2023 Migraine attacks can also increase during perimenopause, a woman’s transitional phase to menopause. Danielle Wilhour, Fortune Well, 9 Aug. 2023 In an interview with InStyle, Watts shared that Stripes was inspired by her own experience of going into early perimenopause at the age of 36. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perimenopause was in 1962

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“Perimenopause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


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