Contraception for the perimenopausal woman

A. Linton, A. Golobof, L. P. Shulman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Perimenopause, or the menopause transition, is a time in a woman’s life that bridges her reproductive years through to the non-surgical cessation of ovulation, or menopause. For many women this time is one of changes: changes in gynecological issues, onset of symptoms not experienced in her youth and increasing risks for adverse medical conditions. Despite the clear changes that occur for many women during this time, one critical issue is frequently ignored, namely, that, until the onset of menopause, she is exposed to pregnancy if sexually active, and pregnancy for older reproductive women is fraught with considerable increases in morbidity and mortality compared to younger women. This paper will present a review of the reproductive issues of the perimenopause and interventions geared to preventing pregnancy and relieving menopause-related symptoms. As counseling remains a critical aspect in empowering women to make informed choices about their health care, this paper will present current evidence that will help clinicians provide accurate reproductive counseling to women in the menopause transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-534
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Perimenopause
  • contraception
  • menopause transition
  • symptom relief

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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