"Menopause" is the term used to describe the end of having periods.
Menopause is a natural part of life that marks an end to the reproductive cycle in every woman's life.
You will know menopause or "the change of life" has taken place if you have not experienced bleeding in 12 months.
51 is the average age of menopause.
Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, the average being around 51, according to the North American Menopause Society.
Those who experience menopause before the age of 40 are said to have premature menopause, those who experience menopause before the age of 45 are said to have experienced "early menopause".
The average age of perimenopause can range anywhere from 40 upwards.
Let's define perimenopause.
Perimenopauseis defined as "around menopause" and refers to the period during which your body starts experiencing changes associated with the natural transition to menopause.
In other words, your body has started producing fewer female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. Your estrogen and progesterone levels may begin to fluctuate which can lead to a number of signs and symptoms in the body.
Some of the signs and symptoms that you may experience could include:
Menopause symptoms may vary from one person to the other. Some of the most common menopause symptoms include:
During perimenopause, periods will often skip and return, or skip for several months and then start monthly cycles once again.
Periods tend to become shorter in their cycle length, so may occur closer together. Irregular periods are often the trademark sign that the menopause is beginning, however, this transitional period can last for several months and it is still possible to get pregnant during this stage, so it is important to bear that in mind.
There are three stages in menopause:
refers to the period in which a woman's body begins to prepare for menopause. Periods may become irregular, and menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness. hot flashes and sleep problems.
refers to the 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. If you have not had a period for over 12 months, you have officially reached menopause.
refers to the years following menopause. Menopause symptoms begin to ease during this period. You may feel "back to normal" during the postmenopause period.
Usually, it is not possible to predict when menopause will start. However, it can be helpful to have conversations with your mother or sisters to get an indicator of when you may expect menopause to begin for you.
While the average age of menopause if 51 years of age, it can vary from person to person.
The symptoms of perimenopause may help to indicate that the menopause will soon start.
"Menopause belly" is a phrase associated with weight gain around the waist line before, during, and after menopause.
It is quite common to put on weight in and around the waist as we get older. During and after the menopause, it is common for body fat to shift and sit around the abdomen.
There are other causes to an increase in belly fat, such as:
If you are concerned about "menopause belly", Mayo Clinicoffer some helpful, practical advice:
Written by Hannah Kingston on July 7, 2021