Menopause officially marks the end of female reproduction. Although this life stage is well-known, there are actually different stages within menopause that are important to recognize and understand. Menopause itself officially occurs when you stop menstruating.
Perimenopause, on the other hand, is defined as “around menopause.” It’s also known as the menopause transitional phase, called such because it happens before menopause.
Although both part of the same overall life transition, perimenopause and menopause have differences in terms of symptoms and treatment options. Any abnormal symptoms or concerns should be discussed with your OB-GYN.