Perimenopause (also referred to as menopause transition) is defined as the transitional period of time before menstruation actually stops. Changes in the menstrual cycle are the feature traits of perimenopause, along with other physical and emotional symptoms. Each female may suffer different symptoms and the length of perimenopause will also vary, and can last from 2 to 10 years. Symptoms may include: irregular periods, mood changes, headaches, hot flushes, sleep problems, difficulty in concentrating, changes in sexual desire, feeling of tiredness, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, and frequent urination, etc.
Treatment for perimenopause is determined according to each patient’s condition. Most treatment is commonly applied to reduce the symptoms, including adjusting the diet, exercise, and medication such as low-dose birth control pills, antidepressants and progesterone. Herbal supplement is also a kind of treatment that been applied in some cases. However, it has not yet been tested in an FDA-approved clinical trial to prove it’s effectiveness.