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Ask a Doctor: "What the heck is perimenopause?"

Dr. Somi Javaid has the answer to one of your most frequently asked questions. 

By Womaness Editors   1-Minute Read

Dr. Somi Javaid medical expert for Womaness

Welcome to ASK AN EXPERT, a series where we pose your real questions to our menopause experts for the answers you need. Have a question? Post it on The After Party, our private Facebook Group.


Your Question:

“OKay, what the heck is perimenopause?”


The Answer:

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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Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a physician. Womaness strives to share the knowledge and advice from our network of experts and our own research. We encourage you to make healthcare decisions in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.