The other day Bossy was researching Perimenopause. Not because Bossy is anywhere near perimenopause age, mind you. But let’s just say Bossy has a friend who will someday, not anytime soon, approach perimenopause age.
Strictly speaking, perimenopause is when a woman’s body shifts from regular cycles of ovulation toward the permanent infertility of menopause. Peri is an Indo-European prefix meaning around or about — and meno pause is Greek for pausing men.
Still, there remain questions surrounding the what and when of this transition, so Bossy set out to gain some clarity regarding this condition. Shall we?
- Perimenopause begins when women are in their 40s. Unless they’re in their 30s. Or younger.
- The perimenopause stage lasts four years. Or ten.
- Perimenopause is defined by heavier periods. Or lighter.
- During perimenopause, the monthly cycle is closer together.
- During perimenopause, the monthly cycle is further apart.
- Unless it’s closer together (see #5.)
- Perimenopause periods are only a few days in duration. Or a week.
- During perimenopause a woman experiences decreased fertitlity due to a drop in hormones that won’t support a pregnancy.
- During perimenopause a woman can have a baby.
There! That should clear things up.