The Stages Of Menopause

It is genearlly accepted that there are 3 stages of menopause. There is a fair amount of confusion about the terms used to describe the various stages of menopause.

There are some incontestable menopausal facts: it will mark the the end of your menstrual period and there will be changes to the hormonal balance of the body. These changes will affect your physical, mental and emotional health.

The word "menopause" is often used to describe the whole time span in which women experience symptoms from changing hormone levels. The word "menopause" infact describes the last menstrual period just like "menarche" decsribes the first period.

  • Premenopause is sometimes used to describe the time when menstruation is regular and before the hormone levels begin to decline. in other words it's your reproductive or fertile life, from the first menstrual period to the last.

  • Perimenopause includes the whole time before and after the last period. In other words the time leading up to your last period and the time after your last period. Peri menopause is what some people call "being in menopause" or "going through menopause." Menopause itself is "medically speaking" actually only one day -the day you haven’t had a period for 12 months in a row. In the perimenopause stage of menopause, hormones like oestrogen are still being produced by the ovaries but ovulation is sporadic. Progesterone is not being produced every cycle and so there may not be a monthly period. This is the stage when you will experience menopause symptoms. On average peri menopause happens between 45 and 60 years old and can last for a 2-6 year period.

  • Postmenopause is officially the day after the last day of your last period and any time after that. It would include some of the perimenopause time. A woman who has had her last period is described as postmenopausal. If a women has not had her period for 6 months, there is only a 10% chance she might have another period. The small amount of oestrogen present is mainly produced by fat cells breaking down and converting the male hormone androstenedione.

Whether you would prefer a totally natural approach to the stages of menopause or require medical intervention, this is a very important time in a woman's life. You need to recognise that each woman is different and your experience of the stages of menopause will be unique to you.

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