U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Timing: Menopause is a single event in time after which a women, due to a cessation in ovarian function, experiences no further menstrual cycles. Post menopause are the years after this event and perimenopause is the time prior to this event -frequently associated with irregular and missed cycles and hot flashes.
Dr. Diana Bitner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Number of good eggs: Perimenopause (straw criteria) is when your period changes by more than 7 days (early) or when you go 60 days without a period (late). Menopause is 12 months without a period. It goes back to how many good eggs are left in your ovaries, each follicle or baby egg has cells around it which make estrogen and progesterone, the hormones which affect your cycle, thermostat, and moods.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 44-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between perimenopause and menopause symptoms?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Perimenpause phase: Perimenopause denotes a phase in which menopausal symptoms occur prior to menstrual period cessation.(menopause).
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause differ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Ovarian function: Perimenopause is the period of time in which your ovaries are working less well, but have not stopped producing estrogen or ovulating. Menopause is the last menstrual period - and you only know that for sure in retrospect. Post-menopause is all the years after the last menstrual period.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the difference between perimenopause and menopause?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Transitioning: As a woman transitions into menopause, her menses may become lighter and may begin to skip. This transition is the perimenopause and lasts until a woman has not had a period for one year. After one year, we say that the patient is "in menopause" or is "post menopausal".
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause differ from one another?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Menopause definition: The medical definition of menopause is one year with no bleeding or spotting--then, you can consider yourself menopausal (or the term post-menopausal can also be used). Peri-menopause is the interval of several years (3-5 years) during which periods become irregular prior to the final menstrual period (which is not easy to predict).

Related questions

A 43-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 48-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 30-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Apr 2, 2014
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.