Perimenopause is something I had no knowledge of until a mate recently mentioned that neither did she nor her mates.

Perimenopause or "menopause transition" -> Menopause -> Postmenopause 

The second and third phases have been talked around me but  never the firsr. Who knew there was a pre-phase of around 8 to 10 years, yes EIGHT TO TEN YEARS!

My mate has now heard about it, researched it, and understands it more. Her question was, "Why isn't this advertised? Why aren't there leaflets at the GP about it? When the mammogram stuff pops through the post why isn't there something about Perimenopause?"


All most excellent questions ... so why isn't there?

Not enough info? Nope, Google it.

NZ too shy? Possibly.

Not a male problem and therefore why bother? Maybe.

Perimenopause can begin eight to 10 years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in the 30s as well. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last one to two years of perimenopause, the drop in estrogen accelerates. At this stage, many women may experience menopause symptoms. Women are still having menstrual cycles during this time, and can get pregnant.

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