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Menstruating woman between the ages of 40 and 55 are naturally approaching menopause. Many changes accompany this stage of life, but they do not have to include anxiety or disorientation. Women nearing menopause usually experience a variety of physical and emotional symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances. This phase of fluctuating hormone levels, perimenopause, differs for every woman and typically lasts for a few years. Lowered production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone cause these signs of menopause.

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1. Irregular Periods

Hormonal changes in a woman's body affect the ovaries, which in turn impact periods. Women entering perimenopause will notice their periods become more erratic. Some months, periods will be delayed, while others will arrive early. Menstruation varies from lighter to heavier than before. As you reach this stage of life, irregular or even missed periods are as likely or more likely to be a sign of menopause as a sign of pregnancy.

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