Perimenopause, which is also known as transition to menopause, begins several years before menopause. Most of the symptoms experienced by women during perimenopause are related to the fact that ovaries gradually begin to produce less and less estrogen, causing a hormonal imbalance.  Perimenopause usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier. The period of perimenopause lasts up until menopause, when ovaries stop releasing eggs completely and the drop in estrogen speeds up. It might last from only a few months to 10 years but the average length is around 4 years. Do you have symptoms of perimenopause? Read on to find out if these common perimenopause symptoms apply to you.

1. Irregular Periods

If your period started to be constantly early or hasn’t been showing up at all, it might be an early symptom of perimenopause. Periods during perimenopause can also change – they get shorter and lighter or longer and heavier, or a combination of the two. But remember that you’re not officially in menopause until it’s been a full 12 months since your last period so if you are concerned about the lack of menstruation, consider another option quite different from menopause – pregnancy!