Is This Menopause?
The Phases of Menopause
- No menstrual cycle changes
- No menopausal symptoms
- PMS symptoms may occur
- Menstrual cycle changes
- Menopausal symptoms may appear
- Average age 51
- Confirmed 12 consecutive months after last menstrual period
- 12 months+ after last menstrual period
- Menopausal symptoms may persist
- Risk factors for conditions such as osteoporosis / CVD increase
The First Signs of Menopause
- Although there are similarities, every woman's experience of menopause is different.
- The transition through menopause can present both physical and emotional challenges.
- Learning about menopause can help you make decisions about what support is right for you.
- Naturally occurring menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 - the average age is 51.
- Symptoms associated with menopause can appear years before you actually reach menopause - this time leading up to menopause is known as 'peri-menopause'.
- One of the most common first indications that you are entering peri-menopause is changes to your menstrual cycle.
- The post-menopausal years can present some challenges of their own as the risk factors for developing conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease increase.