Perimenopause Brings About Mental Health Changes Too : Short Wave Perimenopause, the period of transition to menopause, is still a largely misunderstood chapter of reproductive life. It brings about both physical and mental health changes that doctors rarely educate their patients about. We're joined by health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee to talk about perimenopause, and how to advocate for yourself as you're going through it.

Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone

Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone

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Teri Hines says she had a bout of depression during the lead up to menopause in her mid-40s. For many women, the lead up to menopause can trigger mood issues. Hannah Yoon for NPR hide caption

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Teri Hines says she had a bout of depression during the lead up to menopause in her mid-40s. For many women, the lead up to menopause can trigger mood issues.

Hannah Yoon for NPR

Perimenopause, the period of transition to menopause, is still a largely misunderstood chapter of reproductive life. It brings about both physical and mental health changes that doctors rarely educate their patients about. We're joined by health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee to talk about perimenopause, and how to advocate for yourself as you're going through it.

Additional reporting on mental health at key stages of reproductive life:

How Puberty, Pregnancy and Perimenopause Impact Women's Mental Health

As Menopause Nears, Be Aware It Can Trigger Depression And Anxiety, Too

'A Lifeline' For Doctors Helps Them Treat Postpartum Depression

Menopause Can Start Younger Than You Think: Here's What You Need To Know

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and Emily Vaughn, edited by Geoff Brumfiel and Viet Le, and fact checked by Ariela Zebede.