What is menopausal transition?
“Menopausal transition,” also called PERImenopause, refers to the time period between the initial shift away from our predictably fluctuating hormones of regular menstrual cycle, to 1 year after the final menstrual period, when we are officially IN menopause. In the US, about 1.3 million women enter menopause each year, usually around age 51-52 but the range is quite varied. Perimenopause, marked by major hormonal shifts, can last for 10 years before, with many women experiencing its effects in their early 40s or even earlier! For some (lucky!) women it is a mild transition, but for others, it carries with it a number of bothersome symptoms. The symptoms stem from shifts in our major sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and their interactions with other hormonal systems, including thyroid, insulin, and cortisol. Like puberty and pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause are normal hormonal events in the life of a woman, but the transition can affect both our current wellbeing and has implications for future general long-term health. At TārāMD, we believe in empowering our patients with hormonal knowledge and sharing all the integrative tools applicable to this transition, to help us thrive through perimenopause and beyond.