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Menopause & Perimenopause

At WakeMed, our gynecological services team offers caring and compassionate support for women as they age.


Perimenopause occurs well before you officially hit menopause. In fact, according to the Cleveland Clinic, women enter this stage 8 to 10 years ahead of menopause. This happens during your 30s or 40s. Perimenopause is marked by a drop in estrogen, which is the main female hormone produced by the ovaries.


Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It's diagnosed after you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.Menopause is a natural biological process. But the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy or affect emotional health. There are many effective treatments available.


Menopause By the Numbers

When to See a Doctor

Our WakeMed gynecological services team is here to guide you as you go through this natural female transition. If you have any symptoms that are disrupting your life, schedule an appointment to see one of our physicians. If you experience vaginal bleeding in your postmenopausal years (after your period has stopped) do not delay to seek care.