By Taayoo Murray, March 21, 2022

There’s a lot of talk about menopause. But menopause doesn’t happen overnight. There’s a transitional period before the start of menopause that many women don’t know much about. It’s called perimenopause, and it’s “characterized by gradual decline in ovarian function,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, tells Yahoo Life. Perimenopause “generally begins in the 40s,” says Gaither, “but may begin in the 30s or even earlier, depending on genetics or other medical conditions.”

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