How long can perimenopause last?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Perimenopause, the transition toward menopause, and menopause itself actually form part of a gradual and continuous hormonal and metabolic shift that occurs as a woman ages. Perimenopause can last for several years. Just as the hormonal shifts of adolescence are a normal part of life, perimenopause and menopause are also part of the cycle of every adult woman. The onset of perimenopause and eventually menopause itself signal great changes in your physical and emotional life. Though some women experience few symptoms, if you’re like the vast majority, you may have noticed the incremental shifts that come on for months and years before menopause sets in, this is perimenopause. These physical changes are often accompanied by psychological ones as you confront the realities of aging and try to deal with the mood shifts that often come along with hormonal change and hormonal imbalance.

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