What’s the Difference Between Perimenopause and Menopause?

Menopause is the point when a woman no longer has periods. While a uterus doesn’t age, ovaries do. During menopause, a woman’s ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing most of their estrogen hormone. A woman can tell that she’s going through menopause when she has gone without a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.

A woman can often feel saddened with the realization of the change, since it’s a sign that she won’t be able to have more children naturally. There is also the perimenopause phase, which when translated, perimenopause means “around menopause,” and it describes the time during which a woman’s body makes the natural shift to menopause symptoms. For those who were not aware, perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition.


A woman doesn’t necessarily jump right into menopause. Usually, there’s a transition into the change called perimenopause. This phase in a woman’s life can start anywhere between eight and ten years before the onset of menopause. A woman’s ovaries begin to produce less estrogen, and it usually starts in a woman’s 40s.

The period of perimenopause will last up until menopause begins. This is when a woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs. According to doctors, the last two years of perimenopause is when a woman’s estrogen levels drop significantly. This final stage is usually when a woman will start to notice some onset symptoms, such as hot flashes. But a woman who’s going through perimenopause can still get her period and become pregnant.

The Change

This stage is where a woman will no longer be getting her monthly cycle. Menopause officially marks the end of a woman’s reproduction time, and many feel saddened by this revelation. Along with the change comes a slew of side effects due to estrogen levels dropping. These include night sweats, hot flashes, depression, mood swings, fatigue, and vaginal dryness. Not a great way to start off your golden years, right? To add insult to injury, when a woman is going through menopause, her cholesterol levels can increase. This outcome often puts a woman at a higher risk for heart disease.

There are tips and phone apps that can help a woman to keep track of her menopause, such as a menopause symptom tracker. MenoLabs offers a handy app that can be downloaded on your phone. The company aims to put every woman first and make her feel like she has control over her body, even when it may feel like she doesn’t. MenoLabs focuses on helping women better their lives through education, community, and providing helpful products aimed at relief.

Own it.

There are a few reasons to look forward to the change. Most women would have to agree that a big plus about going through menopause is not having to worry about your period anymore. You also don’t have to fear PMS, which used to cause sore breasts, migraines, and food cravings, all thanks to raging hormones. Another positive take on the change is that you can now fully enjoy sex without the worry of becoming pregnant. Women everywhere can agree that not worrying about peeing on a stick is one of the best presents menopause can give. But the best reason to look forward to menopause is the surge in energy that you’re said to be given, or as many see it, the light at the end of the tunnel. Women revamp themselves, living their lives to the fullest and dressing up in lush lashes for an extra sexy feel.

Enjoy the newfound self-awareness of your cognitive and physical state. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel relieved about perimenopause and menopause in general. It is nature’s way of moving you onto a new stage in your life.

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