Menopause marks the official end of the menstrual cycle, which is defined as 12 months after the last menstrual period. The transition to menopause—known as perimenopause—can begin months to years before a final menstrual cycle.
Perimenopause occurs gradually as the hormones estrogen and progesterone decline, making the menstrual cycle less predictable. During this time, people may experience one or more symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, vaginal dryness, or weight gain. Changes in bone, cardiovascular, and sexual health may also occur during perimenopause and menopause. Providers at NYU Langone’s Center for Midlife Health and Menopause can help manage perimenopausal symptoms and other health changes. Our clinicians are Certified Menopause Practitioners through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
In addition, NYU Langone gynecologists are national leaders in menopause management. Our doctors regularly publish research on menopause, including studies on hormone therapy and bone density measurement. They work with a team of reproductive endocrinologists and researchers to provide you with the latest and most effective treatment for perimenopause symptoms.
Our specialists recommend that people in perimenopause and menopause make certain lifestyle changes to help improve their health. Our providers may also prescribe hormonal or nonhormonal medications, as well as complementary therapies to alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause.
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