Q&A: What is the normal age for menopause?
Menopause is the transition from the reproductive age to the post-reproductive years and happens to every woman be it naturally, surgically, or prematurely. With that in mind, reaching menopause means a woman has been period-free for a solid year. The time before the complete cessation of menstruation when a woman is experiencing uncomfortable symptoms as a result of depleted estrogen levels is called perimenopause. To learn more about a normal timeline for the menopause transition, continue reading this article.
When does a woman enter perimenopause?
Perimenopause, or the time leading up to a woman's last menstrual period as many as 10 years before menopause, can be different for every woman. The symptoms that most people associate with menopause are actually a byproduct of perimenopause. For most women, perimenopause usually begins around age 45, but can be several years earlier or later depending on the woman.
When does a woman enter menopause?
Not until a full year without a period has passed is woman considered to have reached menopause. At this time, symptoms begin to decrease as estrogen levels are balanced. The average age for women to reach menopause is 51, but can be earlier or later.
For instance, if a woman has had a hysterectomy for some reason, and all or most of her reproductive organs are removed, she has technically entered menopause, though through surgical and not natural means. This can occur very early but not often before the age of 30.
What can a woman consider herself post-menopausal?
This is a little confusing, but after a woman reaches (and then passes) menopause, she is post-menopausal. This coincides with the time after the 12 months after a woman's final period. That is to say, after a woman reaches menopause, she becomes post-menopausal. This too occurs any where from age 51 to early 60s. Technically, a woman is post-menopausal the rest of her life, but that is similar to saying a woman in post-pubescent the rest of her life after puberty.
For more information about the normal age for menopause
The stages of menopause are unique, each with their defining characteristics. Each phase may produce similar symptoms to the others, but the severity and treatment choice may differ for each. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a common choice for treating menopausal symptoms, but caution should be taken as HRT carries many risks. In fact, HRT can cause some of the very symptoms it is meant to prevent! Always consult a doctor about the best treatment option for you. To learn more about menopause and the normal age for reaching it, continue reading here.
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