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More than 20 million American women are currently going through perimenopause, a natural part of aging that can begin as early as age 35 and as late as 59. Perimenopause literally means "around menopause" and begins with hormone-related changes involving estrogen, progesterone and other hormones. It can last for as long as 10 years before menopause, which begins 12 months after a woman's final period and in the U.S. comes at an average age of 52.
The most classic symptom is an erratic menstrual cycle and, according to a study, 70 percent of women in their 40s experience irregular menstrual periods. Cycles can vary from 18 days to missed periods and excessive bleeding is common. A decline in estrogen during perimenopause causes many symptoms including:
Some of the ways to alleviate symptoms are through diet and exercise. It is important to:
Women who smoke enter perimenopause earlier and reach menopause about a year and a half sooner than those who don't.
The National Women's Health Information Center, North American Menopause Society, Newsweek "Health for Life" and Shady Grove and Washington Adventist Hospitals. . The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For more information, please consult your physician.
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