pre·​men·​o·​paus·​al ˌprē-ˌme-nə-ˈpȯ-zəl How to pronounce premenopausal (audio)
variants or less commonly pre-menopausal
: of, relating to, or being in the period preceding menopause
premenopausal women

Examples of premenopausal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In premenopausal patients, estrogen is produced mainly in the ovaries. Laura Hensley, Verywell Health, 29 Nov. 2023 In fact, one recent study suggests that moderate iron deficiency among premenopausal women in the United States might even be as high as 30 percent. Christina Pérez, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2023 The cohort is also more likely to be premenopausal and to be managing fertility choices alongside the diagnosis. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 29 Aug. 2023 The American Lung Association says sleep apnea is two to three times more prevalent in men than premenopausal women. Ashley Paige, Peoplemag, 28 June 2023 In those who are premenopausal, this irregular bleeding can look like spotting in between periods, says Dr. Matulonis. Jenny McCoy,, 21 Oct. 2021 Evidence has shown even moderate alcohol consumption can cancel out the beneficial effects of weight loss in premenopausal women with obesity. Women's Health, 21 Mar. 2023 Ingleton explains that a big night on the sauce could also disrupt your hormone levels—one study found alcohol can boost estradiol (a form of estrogen) and another found that the same went for testosterone levels in premenopausal women—which leads to inflammation. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 3 Jan. 2022 VegLife's Vegan Chewable Tablets contain 18 milligrams of iron, the daily requirement for premenopausal women. Tamar Kane, Verywell Health, 5 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of premenopausal was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Premenopausal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


pre·​meno·​paus·​al -ˌmen-ə-ˈpȯ-zəl, -ˌmēn- How to pronounce premenopausal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being in the period preceding menopause and especially the perimenopausal period
premenopausal women
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