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Premenopause starts when a woman enters the reproductive years

For practically their entire adult lives, women hear about menopause and its symptoms as something in the distant future. Surprisingly, what they should know is that the menopause process starts a lot sooner than most people think. The first stage of the menopause process is premenopause, the beginning of women's reproductive lives.

In the following sections, women will find detailed information about what premenopause really means for their lives, as well as the causes, symptoms, and possible treatments while in premenopause.

Premenopause is the first of the four stages in the premenopause process. It starts when a woman enters the reproductive years, and finishes with the first signs that menopause is getting closer.

The beginning of premenopause can be identified with the first menstrual cycle. In contrast, the ends is not as clear, as it manifests variably in the late 30s of 40s with the first discomforts of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, etc.

Differences: Premenopause and menopause

Confusion might arise with these terms, and having a clear notion of both is vital to get a thorough knowledge of what happens within women's bodies. The difference is as follows:

Premenopause. First stage of the process, time in which a woman is fully fertile and menopause symptoms haven't manifested yet.

Menopause. Total cessation of menstrual cycles for 12 months or more.

Bear in mind that not all women go through the menopause process at the same age. Fortunately, tests have been developed to help women identify if they remain in premenopause or have already moved on to the next stage.

For more information on premenopause, click on the following link about premenopause, or keep reading to find out about the causes of premenopause.

Understanding Premenopause: Hormonal Changes

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Premenopause Causes

Hormones are at the very heart of the causes of premenopause. Natural hormones like estrogen and progesterone begin to fluctuate during premenopause, leading to the symptoms that so many women report.

Hormonal causes. Occurring gradually in harmony with the rhythm of a woman's body, these are natural fluctuations in hormones that accompany the menstrual cycle and can lead to unpleasant symptoms.

External causes. These include prolonged physical or emotional stress, diets rich in refined carbohydrates, and frequent exposure to certain toxins.

Click on the following link to learn more about premenopause causes or continue reading below to discover the symptoms of premenopause.

Premenopause Symptoms

Common Pre-menopause Symptoms

Since hormone levels are generally stable during premenopause, the symptoms women experience are not usually as noticeable as the ones from menopause.

At most, there could be some upsetting problems during the menstrual cycle. These upsetting problems are also referred as Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)

For more information about the upsetting manifestations of premenopause, click on symptoms of premenopause. If not, continue reading to discover how women can treat the unpleasant signs and symptoms of premenopause.

Are There Premenopause Symptoms?

Premenopause is the first stage of menopause and lasts for a large proportion of a woman's life – her whole reproductive life – and some wonder if certain symptoms are normal for this stage. This article discusses premenopause in more detail and the symptoms that are commonly experienced.

Premenopause Treatments

The treatments for premenopause vary widely, but each treatment falls under one of three following categories. These categories, divided by intensity, are:

Lifestyle changes

These can involve something as simple as eating more carbohydrates or as demanding as sticking to an exercise regimen.

A healthy diet has a great impact in over well-being

When women present any discomfort, experts recommend first to take a look at each woman's habits. Usually, some simple lifestyle changes can have a great impact in over well-being. A healthy diet, as well as reducing smoking and alcohol intake could be some of the measures to take.

Alternative medicine

Alternative medicine can help with premenopause symptoms

While acupuncture, massage, and aromatherapy are some of the alternative possibilities, herbal supplements lead the alternative remedies. They can be classified in two groups: Phytoestrogenic supplements, which adds plant-derived estrogen into women's bodies, and hormone-regulating herbal supplements, which stimulate natural hormone production.


Prescribed medication, like hormone replacement therapy (HRT), are the most popular form of treatment for premenopause in the United States. However, in recent years, discussion of HRT has focused on the risk it poses for producing serious side effects.

Each of these different treatment levels has its own merits and drawbacks. It is often recommended that women first test the waters of the mildest option (lifestyle changes) and gradually move on to more intense treatments if necessary. Please click on the following link to learn more about the different options for premenopause treatments.

Updated on January 19th, 2015
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