Perimenopause, the time before menopause, is when the hormonal symptoms that signal menopause begin. This is a time of instability and unpredictability. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, women’s health expert and author of Bottom Line Inc’s The Natural Side of Menopause blog, describes perimenopause as “puberty in reverse.” Women start to have symptoms such as menstrual irregularity (longer or shorter periods) that announce fertility is winding down and a new stage of life is beginning. These changes are natural and normal, and Dr. Lucille encourages women with any concerns to consult with their doctor for reassurance.

For more information, check out Dr. Holly Lucille’s website, or buy her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe Natural Hormone Health

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