Could It Be Perimenopause?
This often-overlooked lifestage starts earlier and lasts longer than you may have thought
If you’ve never heard of perimenopause, you’re not alone. Although perimenopause has probably been around since the beginning of time (though most women just two hundred years ago didn’t live long enough to see a change in their midlife bodies), women in the past just accepted their symptoms, notes Dr. Darlene Lanka, associate professor at University of California San Francisco, and author of Perimenopause 2 Ed: Changes in Women’s Health After 35. “I’ve been treating perimenopause since the 1970s,” she says. “Many of us [physicians] have always used the term perimenopause, but back then the public wasn’t wildly interested in it. In fact, even today some patients aren’t given the right information.”
So why the sudden interest now? Dr. Lanka credits the Baby-Boomer generation with bringing it to the forefront of women’s health. “This is a well-educated group of women who read and who want to be at least a partner in their own health decisions. The interest rises from the fact that the women themselves wanted information.”
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