Stages of Menopause
you know that there are several stages of menopause?
For many, the word
menopause is used to designate the time when a woman begins to feel
symptoms up until the time these symptoms end
itself is defined as "the time in a woman's life in which menstrual
You are not officially in the menopause stage until you
have gone 12 consecutive months (a full year) without a period.
if menopause is just a point in time when you stop having periods, what
are all the rest of the times called where you experience most of the
Well there are actually different stages of menopause. Below
outlines each of these stages.
Of the different stages of menopause, this first stage is called
Premenopuase has sometimes been used to explain the point just before
menopause or for early menopause.
However, this is actually the stage
in which your are fertile.
This is your reproductive stage where your
body is producing eggs and the proper levels of hormones.
this stage a woman's reproductive system is active and healthy. This
stage is from your first period to your last.
Often this stage
even counted when talking about menopause and symptoms.
Perimenopause and premenopause are often used to describe the
However, perimenopuase is the stage immediately preceding
menopause and lasts on average 4 years.
You may only
experience perimenopause for a few months or it could last for up to 10
During this stage you will start to experience menopausal
like night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings and much
more due to a decline in estrogen and progesterone
This decline accelerates during the last 1 to 2 years of
While it is difficult to tell exactly when you have started this stage
of menopause, certain signs can be present such as irregular periods.
stage generally occurs in a woman's 40s but can happen in their late
30s to early 50s.
This stage ends when a you have gone a full year
without a period which officially marks menopause.
is more of a milestone (if you want to call it that) versus a stages of
This is the point in time when you have gone 12 consecutive months
without a menstrual period.
This is the stage where
and progesterone levels have decreased permanently to extremely low
this point the ovaries have stopped producing eggs and you would no
longer be able to get pregnant naturally.
you no longer have monthly periods, and you have hit this milestone in
the stages of menopause, this does not mean the symptoms have stopped.
In fact, you can experience hot flashes, night sweats and more for
another 1 - 2 years on average and up to five years.
A woman is
usually between the ages of 45 to 60 for this stage.
menopause before age 35, this is considered premature menopause which
is discussed further on this page.
menopause is the last and final stage. This is the point in time after
a woman has officially reached menopause.
You will be in this stage
for the remainder of your life. At this stage most of the symptoms are
over or are declining, however, you may still experience some changes
In addition to other health issues women
may experience due to their age, a woman in post menopause is also at a
higher risk for osteoporosis due to the decreased hormone levels.
decreased estrogen levels means less absorption of calcium.
menopause, or early menopause, is not an official stage of menopause
If a woman reaches menopause before age 40, this is
considered early menopause.
This can occur because of genetics, illness
or medical procedures such as a hysterectomy or other female
Although a woman can reach menopause naturally before the
age of 40, it is still considered premature menopause.
In addition to understanding the stages
of menopause, check out these changes during menopause
a full understanding of what you may experience.
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