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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



perimenopausal  listen  (PAYR-ee-MEH-nuh-PAW-zul)

  Describes the time in a woman’s life when menstrual periods become irregular as she approaches menopause. This is usually three to five years before menopause and is often marked by many of the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, trouble concentrating, and infertility.