Some women may think that symptoms and issues associated with menopause are only noticeable once they have begun menopause. In reality, menstrual-cycle changes can occur years before a woman actually enters menopause.

The period when women begin to experience menstrual-cycle changes before they have actually begun menopause is known as perimenopause. During this time, the ovaries slowly begin to reduce the amount of estrogen they produce. For most women, this period occurs during their 40s, but some may notice changes as early as their 30s.

While perimenopause is normal, you may experience issues that you would like evaluated by a medical professional. You can receive the care you need by contacting Mary Geldernick MD to schedule an appointment.