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How does perimenopause affect menstruation?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

As women enter perimenopause, the first symptom they usually notice is a change in their menstrual cycle. Periods become irregular and hard to predict. They may be short or last longer than usual. The time between periods may also get longer or shorter. The menstrual flow may be lighter or heavier than usual. Over a period of several years, menstrual periods gradually get lighter and further and further apart until they stop altogether. After 12 months without a period, you are in menopause.

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