Menopause is the time in a women’s life when she stops menstruating and can no longer become pregnant. This change is brought on by a decrease in production of the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone by the uterus. Menopause is a natural state that all women go through. The average age of women that have experienced menopause is 51, although some women go through menopause in their early 40’s and some as late as their mid to late 50’s.
In order to be considered in menopause, menstruation must have ceased completely for 1 year, up until that point, pregnancy is possible. Menopause and the time leading up to menopause (i.e., perimenopause) can be a positive period for some women with the decrease in hormone levels having little effect, but for others, the changes can have a substantial impact on their physical, mental and emotional health.
The time leading up to menopause (i.e., perimenopause) is usually when women start to notice the changes in their bodies and the symptoms that often disrupt their lives. It’s not uncommon for symptoms to last as long as 10 years after a woman stops menstruating (i.e., postmenopause), though symptoms are less severe and less frequent. These symptoms include:
Perimenopause means “around menopause” and is females’ natural transition from fertility to infertility. Perimenopause can last for many years (average length is 4 years) before women achieve menopause (i.e., the cessation of menstruating for an entire year). Women generally start to notice signs of perimenopause in their late 40’s, but some women notice changes in their 30’s. Perimenopause is commonly referred to as menopause, though they are not the same. Perimenopause is the time before and leading up to menopause, when pregnancy is still possible, while menopause is the total cessation of menstruating and the ability to conceive. Menstrual cycles must have completely stopped for 12 consecutive months before women are considered to be in menopause, until that point, they are in perimenopause.
Menopause and Perimenopause Specialists can put your hormones back into balance to prevent illness and disease to restore your health. Thousands of women have been set free from the effects of age related hormone decline and the symptoms caused by hormone imbalances, and they have been able to increase their quality of life and overall vitality.