Perimenopause and menopause are a natural part of a woman’s life cycle.
Perimenopause is the time before menopause where the ovaries prepare to stop releasing eggs and reduce the amount of estrogen production. Once the ovaries no longer have eggs to release, menstruation stops, which is called menopause.
With this reduction in estrogen comes many perimenopausal symptoms that may interfere with daily life. Symptoms of perimenopause can include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Urinary incontinence treatment
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
In addition to uncomfortable symptoms, the reduction in estrogen associated with menopause can increase your risk for:
- Heart attack
- Vision problems including cataracts and macular degeneration