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Stages of Menopause

Menopause is simply the time in which the ovaries no longer release eggs, the production of key hormones decrease and menstruation ceases. Menopause is broken down into three stages to best describe the gradual changes that occur over the course of 10 to 20 years.

Perimenopause
The first signs of menopause typically start in a woman during her 40's and this is called perimenopause. This is the stage in which the ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and can last years before a final period. Signs of perimenopause include:

  • Irregular Periods
    The first symptom of perimenopause is a change in the length and frequency of monthly periods. This can mean more frequent or fewer periods.
  • Reduced Fertility
    Getting pregnant while in the perimenopause stage is not impossible but can become more challenging due to lowered estrogen levels and less consistent ovulation.
  • Night Sweats
    This is the result of hot and sweaty during the night. Many women subtly experience night sweats with gradual frequency over the years.
  • Sleep Disturbance
    Many women report sleep problems during the night caused by night sweats. However, others also experience difficultly falling asleep.
  • Vaginal Dryness
    Reduced levels of estrogen production can result in vaginal dryness and sometimes pain during sex.
  • Mood Swings
    Hormone changes and sleep issues are often the culprit of mood swings during perimenopause.
  • Incontinence
    Many women report having to urinate more frequently during the different stages of menopause. Also, cases of bladder infections are more frequent during the perimenopause.
  • Weight Gain
    Many women experience weight gain during menopause and typically experience and increased weight circumference.
  • Concentration Issues
    Memory and focus can be a struggle during the times of menopause.
  • Hot Flashes
    This is a sudden feeling of being hot and typically is felt in the chest, neck and face. Hot flashes typically last a few minutes and cause the face to redden. While some people report a few hot flashes during perimenopause, hot flashes are most prevalent after the period stops.

Menopause
The time in which your period has stopped for at least one year is the general definition of menopause. Most women stop having a period anywhere between their late 40's to early 60's. Due to the low production of estrogen and other key hormones the signs and symptoms of menopause are at an all time high. Night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, concentration issues and more are most persistent.

Postmenopausal
When the symptoms of menopause decline, somewhere between 2 and 10 years after a period ceases, a women is said to be postmenopausal. This is a time when the symptoms of menopause are minimal.

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Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 13:04:00 GMT



Creative women confront menopause: 'I'm so [freaking] sick of being embarrassed'

These Minnesotans are speaking out and even making art on the subject of menopause. Hip-hop artist Desdamona knew something was wrong at age 42, when excruciating stomach cramps forced her to leave a social event early. At home, she lay down but still ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 14:35:00 GMT



Meg Mathews: "I thought I had glandular fever - it was the menopause"

The former music PR turned health advocate tells Victoria Woodhall why she's on a mission to get the nation talking about menopause and the health secrets that worked for her When Meg Mathews appeared on Radio 4's Woman's Hour in February to talk about ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 18:21:00 GMT



Let's talk about menopause support - because it's not just older women who are affected

Menopause affects women of different ages but sometimes, not at all (Picture: Getty) When I saw the headlines this week, where deputy governor for monetary policy at the Bank of England Ben Broadbent described the UK economy as menopausal, which he ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 08:00:00 GMT



Columnist Mandy Rhodes delivers a personal, passionate call for greater awareness of the menopause and what can be done to ease impact

ONE of my funnier moments in life was going to a menopause support group - a bit like an AA for women of a certain age - where one woman confessed she had no menopausal symptoms but was there to make friends. Why would you even do that The idea that ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 04:24:00 GMT



Nearly half of women with HIV lack support to manage menopause

Women with HIV are failing to get the support they need during menopause, according to a new study led by UCL. The Positive Transitions through the Menopause (PRIME) report, which is one of the largest of its kind, involving almost 900 women living with ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 05:30:00 GMT



13 years in, 'Menopause the Musical' is still a hot hit

was a little more than 13 years ago that a show arrived in Las Vegas that gave new meaning to the word "menopause," adding a capital letter and a lot of familiar tunes with lyrics that addressed aspects of "The Change" with an unusual, entertaining ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 00:12:00 GMT



Things That Can Speed Up And Postpone Menopause

I don't believe any woman in the world hopes that menopause arrives early. One of the cruelest jokes Mother Nature plays on us, really, is giving us menopause just when life is particularly good. Think about it: that time of life is around when the kids ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 05:09:00 GMT



Society still has it all wrong when it comes to the menopause

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Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 22:44:00 GMT



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