Menopause is a natural transition in a woman's life when her periods stop permanently and she no longer can become pregnant. The years leading up to menopause are called perimenopause. On average, most women go through menopause around age 51, but it can happen as early as age 40 or as late as the mid-50s.
Some key things to know:
Why does menopause occur?
Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop releasing eggs. This typically coincides with lower levels of key reproductive hormones like estrogen. Lower hormones cause the end of menstruation and fertility.
When does perimenopause start?
Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to menopause when hormone levels naturally fluctuate and decline. For most women, this transition time starts in their 40s but can start earlier. Irregular periods are an early sign.
How long does menopause last?
The menopausal transition itself usually lasts about 4 years on average. But perimenopausal symptoms can start years earlier as hormones shift. And menopause symptoms like hot flashes can last for a few years after your final period as well.
If you're struggling through menopause, know that you don't have to tough it out alone. At Endocrine Wellness Center, our caring medical team can help identify treatment options tailored to your unique needs and symptoms. From hormone therapy to nutritional advice and community support groups, we're here to help women thrive through midlife changes. Call us today to learn more or book a consultation.
This natural transition doesn't have to hold you back. With the right support, many women find new passions and purpose during the menopause journey and beyond! Our clinic offers individualized treatment plans to help you reduce symptoms like hot flashes so you can sleep better, boost energy levels, improve intimacy, and more. Call Endocrine Wellness Center today to learn about science-based hormone therapies and speak with a doctor confidentially about what treatment options may be right for you.