Women of a certain age go through a transition from child-bearing possibilities to menopause. Menopause is declared when one has gone a full year without a period.
Menstrual irregularity is common, but when related to perimenopause it kicks in between age 35 and 60. Hot flashes, night sweats and sleeping disturbances are normal American female complaints during perimenopause.
If it’s been a year since your last period and you experience vaginal bleeding, contact your gynecologist.
Make sure you feel comfortable with your health care provider so you can discuss your menopausal concerns openly.
Listen as Dr. Mary Jane Minkin joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what to expect when you reach menopause.