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View in Spanish: Perimenopáusico

Perimenopausal (PAYR-ih-MEH-nuh-PAW-zul)
Describes the time in a woman’s life when menstrual periods become irregular as she approaches menopause. This is usually three to five years before menopause and is often marked by many of the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, trouble concentrating, and infertility.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.