Menopause is a time in life that every woman must go through. It is not uncommon to ask the questions of “when” or “how do I know I am starting menopause”. There are three stages encompassing your menopause journey:
Perimenopause – This is the beginning stage of menopause, when your estrogen and hormone levels start to diminish. It lasts between 3 – 5 years and its onset is typically in your late 40’s. Signs that you are experiencing peri-menopause include:
Insomnia or restless sleep
Elevated heart rate
During this time, it is still possible for women to get pregnant, so it is important to continue any birth control that you were previously using.
Menopause – Clinically, you are in menopause if you have not had a period (menses) for 12 straight months, when there is an absence of other causes such as pregnancy, illness or medication. Typically, women will enter this stage in their early fifties (51 or 52). Menopause symptoms include:
Hair thinning/Hair loss
Post menopause – During this time, they symptoms of menopause slowly decrease as the ovaries shut down. During this Stage, women are at higher risk of Osteoporosis and Heart Disease due to the diminished Estrogen in the body.
The three stages of menopause can last, in total, 12 – 14 years.