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Perimenopause is the time around menopause when your body begins to change. You become less fertile and hormone levels fluctuate.
In addition to regulating the menstrual cycle, estrogen affects the reproductive tract, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain.
When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. This stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children.
If you use or are considering using hormone therapy, discuss the possible benefits and risks with your health care provider.
Good nutrition and regular exercise can help you stay healthy and youthful at this stage of life.