Perimenopause is the time when a women naturally starts having menopausal symptoms. This natural change usually lasts about a year and is often referred to as the ‘menopause transition’. At this time, fertility declines but a woman may still get pregnant, and effective birth control should be used if she does not want to have a mid-life baby. Generally, after a year of no menses, a woman can be considered infertile and menopausal.
There are several appropriate birth control methods recommended for perimenopausal women: