Menopause is not a disease. It is a natural part of human aging.
As a woman, your body goes through five stages: childhood, puberty, the reproductive stage, the menopausal transition, and finally, menopause.
The stage just before menopause has several names – perimenopause, the menopausal transition, or simply ‘the change’. When it starts and how long it lasts varies from woman to woman. During this transitional stage, your hormones begin to fluctuate, sometimes wildly.
This can trigger the same sort of chaos in your body, your mind, and your emotions that you experienced during puberty. After you reach menopause, your hormones will settle down. Some of your symptoms should eventually stop, and others will settle down although they may stay with you for life. You will need to find positive coping methods to adapt to these long-term changes, as well as emotionally accept them as part of the next stage of your life which – we hear! – can be pretty amazing.
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Each woman experiences an average of 5 symptoms during menopausal transition.
Here are the top six symptoms women experience during the menopausal transition:
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You might be in menopause if you have any of the following symptoms: irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, or mood changes (and there are more). These symptoms can occur gradually or suddenly. If you think you might be in menopause, talk to your practitioner.
It’s a question that many women ask as they approach middle age.
Once a woman has gone 12 months without having a period, she is considered to be in menopause.
Perimenopause is the transition time before a woman is in menopause and in general begins in their mid 40s or 50s.
Perimenopause is the transition period leading up to menopause. It’s different for every woman, but usually starts in her 40s. For some women, perimenopause lasts a few years; for others, it can last up to 10 years. The symptoms of perimenopause are caused by changes in hormone levels. These changes can cause hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and weight gain.
Menopause is the biological process, not a medical condition, that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It’s diagnosed after 12 months without a menstrual period and can be confirmed with blood tests.
Symptoms associated with the transition into menopause become noticeable in your mid-40s. This is typical, but some women start to experience symptoms in their 30s, while other women start noticing them in their 50s.
The menopausal transition lasts, on average, for 7 years, but can last up to 14 years. Some women experience only one or two symptoms, while other women experience many. Not all symptoms happen at the same time, and not all symptoms will last for the entire time.
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