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Perimenopause is the normal time of a woman's life when the levels of estrogen, the female hormone produced by the ovaries, begin to decrease. This leads to changes in menstrual periods before they stop completely (menopause). Perimenopause can begin 2–8 years before menopause. During perimenopause, the ovaries may or may not produce an egg and a woman can still become pregnant.
This condition is caused by a natural change in hormone levels that happens as you get older.
This condition is diagnosed based on your medical history, a physical exam, your age, your menstrual history, and your symptoms. Hormone tests may also be done.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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