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World Menopause Day – Information Resources for Perimenopause and Menopause

Posted by on October 18th, 2023 Posted in: Public Libraries, Resource Sharing
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About Perimenopause and Menopause

Perimenopause, sometimes referred to as the menopausal transition, is a phase in a life characterized by the natural progression toward menopause when menstruation or periods stop permanently. The onset of perimenopause varies, with some people noticing the first signs of this transition in their 40s, while others may experience changes as early as their mid-30s.

During perimenopause, estrogen levels fluctuate irregularly. This hormonal fluctuation can lead to changes in menstrual patterns, including longer or shorter cycles and instances where the ovaries do not release an egg (ovulation). Additionally, people experiencing perimenopausal may encounter symptoms resembling those of menopause, such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness. Fortunately, there are treatments available to alleviate these symptoms.

Once a person has gone through 12 consecutive months without experiencing a menstrual period, they are considered to have reached menopause, marking the end of the perimenopausal phase. Understanding perimenopause and its associated changes is essential to manage this transitional period effectively and seek appropriate medical guidance when needed.



Menopause 101: A Primer for the Perimenopausal (North American Menopause Society)

Perimenopause (Mayo Clinic)


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Image of the author ABOUT Bobbi Newman
Bobbi Newman (MLIS, MA) is the Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist for NNLM R6 at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Fostering Wellness in the Workplace: A Guide for Libraries. She developed the popular NNLM course “Wellness in the Library Workplace.” Bobbi is a mindfulness student and a member of Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Let’s Move in Libraries. She divides her time between her dog, reading fantasy and nonfiction, playing video games, crafting, kayaking, biking, and gardening.

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