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What is perimenopause and how can I know if I’m in it?

A: The average woman goes through natural menopause (meaning she's had no period for 12 months) at around age 51, but changes in your body begin years earlier. The years leading up to menopause are called perimenopause. Keep in mind that it's just a process; it’s not an illness. In fact, some lucky women hardly notice the transition. But others experience annoying symptoms. Here's why: In perimenopause your ovaries start to produce less estrogen as your follicles (the sacs that hold your eggs) diminish.

You may not produce enough estrogen one month to stimulate your ovaries to release an egg. If that happens, your brain may try to compensate by sending more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) into your bloodstream. As a result, you can have high levels of estrogen some days and low levels on others. This unpredictable hormonal activity confuses your body and causes the common symptoms of perimenopause: hot flashes, night sweats, breast tenderness, decreased vaginal lubrication, and mood swings. On average, women have these symptoms for five to eight years.

Try the ABADI Menopause Support Kit for supplemental support. It contains hormone support for perimenopausal women, adrenal complex, MACA which helps increase energy and endurance, and phosphatidyl serine to improve mental focus and acuity.