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When Can You Expect to Experience Menopause?

December 29th, 2014

Renew Woman™ can provide individualized menopause treatment for women of all ages.

Have you been hearing anecdotal evidence from friends and relatives about menopause beginning earlier? One recent study from health firm Balance Activ does seem to confirm that menopause is trending younger. This study of 2,000 women found that the average age for entering menopause was 46. However, this one small study is probably not sufficient grounds to override the larger body of research setting the average age for entering menopause around age 50.

The truth is, every woman is different and will have a different experience of menopause. Genetics definitely plays a role in determining the age at which you enter menopause, as most women begin the change around the age their mother or other women in their family did. Factors like smoking, chemotherapy, and ovarian surgery can also speed the onset of menopause.

Because the age at which you will enter menopause is hard to predict with any certainty, it is very important for you to understand the stages and symptoms of menopause. That way, you will be better equipped to understand the changes coming over your body, recognize them for what they are, and seek prompt menopause treatment from Renew Woman™.

Stages and Symptoms of Menopause

Perimenopause: In the months or years leading up to the end of your periods, estrogen levels will begin to fluctuate. This typically causes symptoms like irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and trouble sleeping.

Menopause: 12 months after your last period, you will officially enter the phase known as menopause. At this time, estrogen levels have stopped fluctuating and are now at permanently depressed levels. Symptoms of perimenopause will likely persist, and you may also begin to experience other symptoms like memory loss, fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, weight gain, and low sex drive.

Postmenopause: Most women report that the bulk of their menopause symptoms last for 2 to 3 years, after which point they can be considered postmenopausal. During this time, low estrogen levels and issues with other vital hormones can continue causing symptoms like vaginal dryness and low sex drive. Hormonal imbalance can also put you at risk for serious health problems like osteoporosis, heart disease, and certain kinds of cancer.

We Treat All Stages of Menopause

Whether you enter menopause in your 40s or your 50s, you are likely to spend several decades of your life as a postmenopausal woman. Don’t just suffer through these years as a diminished version of yourself. Instead, enjoy them to the fullest by getting menopause treatment from Renew Woman™. We provide safe and effective treatment options tailored to your unique body chemistry and experience of menopause.

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