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Irregular periods, hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, mood swings – you may be experiencing perimenopause and YES, there are treatment options to help women manage the 34 symptoms associated with perimenopause.

So, what exactly is perimenopause?  Perimenopause means “around menopause” and is the time in a woman’s life where her body is making the natural transition to menopause. Women experience the start of perimenopause at different ages, most in their 40’s, but it can start as early as in their 30’s.

Changes in hormone levels – estrogen and progesterone – may be the cause of many of the symptoms and somewhat sudden changes women experience during perimenopause. Perimenopause can last anywhere from a few months to over a decade! That is a long time to “just deal with” the symptoms you are experiencing when they are affecting your well-being, your relationships, your sexual health. No woman should ever be told to “just deal with it.”

During this episode, we talk to one of our patients, Lori B., who gets real about her experience with perimenopause – from feeling almost out of her body, to not wanting to have sex and avoiding it, hormonal fluctuations, and managing her emotions and relationships with her partner and children. This is an episode every woman will want to hear – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll know that you are not alone.

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