Perimenopause refers to the stage in a woman’s life that precedes menopause, which is determined to be when menstruation has stopped for at least 12 months. The average age of menopause is 51 years old, but the period leading up to that, perimenopause, typically begins in the mid-40s, sometimes earlier and occasionally much earlier. Perimenopausal symptoms can be disruptive and distressing, especially for women who are not anticipating them.Read More
(Yes, this is a pomegranate, somewhat similar to but easier to look at than, a polycystic ovary).
10% of all women of child-bearing age have it, along with 75% of women with irregular periods, and it is the most common cause of female-associated problems with infertility. So if you have been diagnosed with it, you have lots of company.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, usually begins around the time of first menstruation, but it can also start much later in a woman’s life. And there is often a long delay before it is even suspected or diagnosed. The most important thing about PCOS to remember, however, is that it is a condition involving the entire endocrine system: despite the name, PCOS not just about the ovaries.Read More