Ask Sofia: What’s the difference between perimenopause and menopause?

National Menopause Awareness Month is a perfect time to learn more about the various stages associated with menopause, when your period ceases and the reproductive years come to a close. Many of the symptoms of perimenopause, sometimes called “before menopause” or “around menopause,” are similar to those of the better-known menopause, yet this stage can start as many as 10 years prior.

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Midlife Changes: Keeping Your Cool

If you are a woman in your mid-40s to 50s, you have likely experienced various symptoms of menopause. One of the most common, hot flashes, occur with up to 80 percent of all menopausal women in the United States and can be a particular nuisance—ranging from “warm flushes” to random sweating throughout the day to waking up nightly drenched in sweat. The good news is that you no longer need to suffer as your OB/GYN has more options than ever to help keep your cool.

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