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2. When Perimenopause Symptoms Start, Menopause Is Right Around the Corner
Perimenopause is difficult to predict and difficult to define. It can come on quick and follow a regular pattern, with periods gradually decreasing over a few months until they disappear completely. But that’s not always the case. In fact, perimenopause can last anywhere from a few months to over a decade — up to 13 years, in some cases!
Perimenopause can also be difficult to measure if you don’t realize you’re in perimenopause, which is a fairly common situation. You may ignore mild symptoms until major changes begin to happen, and then, yes, it would seem like menopause hit you quite suddenly.
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The last stage of the menopausal process is postmenopause, but how do you know when you have entered this stage? Look out for these postmenopausal symptoms.