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If you are a menstruating woman between the ages of 40 and 55 you are approaching menopause. Many changes accompany this stage of life, but they don't have to include by 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, known as perimenopause, differs for every woman and typically lasts for a few years. Lowered production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone causes the signs of menopause to appear. Ten signs that a woman may experience while entering the menopausal stage are as follows:

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1. Irregular Periods

Hormonal changes in a woman's body affect the ovaries, which in turn has an impact on periods. Women entering into perimenopause will notice their periods becoming more erratic.  Some months, periods will be delayed whereas others will arrive earlier. Menstruation will vary from lighter to heavier than before. As you reach this stage of life, irregular or even missed periods may not be a sign of pregnancy, but are often just a sign of menopause.

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