What is Menopause6?

Menopause is the point in time when a woman’s menstrual periods stop. Some people call the years leading up to a woman’s last period “menopause,” but that time is actually referred to as perimenopause. Periods can stop for a while and then start again, so a woman is considered to have entered menopause only after a full year without periods. After menopause, a woman can no longer fall pregnant.

During this time a woman will have changes in her levels of the hormones namely, estrogen and progesterone. After menopause, a woman is in post-menopause, which lasts for the rest of her life.

For most women it occurs between the ages of6

The average age of onset

51

After menopause women are more likely to have cardiovascular problems, mainly due to changes in estrogen6

After menopause, loss in bone density may result in osteoporosis6

Symptoms of Menopause6

The changes in hormone levels causes various symptoms. Symptoms may begin before the menstrual cycle stops. Some symptoms can last for months or years after a woman’s period stops.

Symptoms may begin before the menstrual cycle stops6

These symptoms may include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vaginal and urinary problems
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Forgetfulness or trouble focusing
  • Losing muscle and gaining fat