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“OKay, what the heck is perimenopause?”
From Dr. Somi Javaid, board-certified OB/GYN physician/surgeon & founder & Chief Medical Officer of HerMD:
“The average age of menopause in the United States is 51. Perimenopause can begin up to a decade before then. And the biggest distinction is perimenopause can have every annoying symptom of menopause, but with perimenopause there's still some degree of bleeding.
Now, it may not be normal like a once-monthly menses, because your periods can start to change. In fact, they can actually get closer together before they start to get further apart. But if you are still bleeding and having menopausal symptoms, that is perimenopause."
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