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What Exactly Is Menopause?



When this happens, you start experiencing the classic symptoms of menopause such as Hot Flushes, Night Sweats, Vaginal Dryness, Irritability, Mood Swings, Headaches, Fatigue and Low libido. In some women it starts in their mid 30s. Other’s go through menopause in their late 40s or even 50s.

Some women may experience these symptoms for months or for years afterwards. Generally menopause would last an average of 2 to 5 years. Menopause is a normal part of life and just like puberty, it is not a disease. Menopause can be officially declared when there has been a absence of menstruation for more than 12 months. Menopause is generally preceded by peri menopause which is a transitional stage with some of the symptoms of menopause and is usually accompanied by irregular periods. There are however, many signs that lead up to menopause and many of these signs or symptoms will extend beyond the actual start of Menopause. These signs are related to the hormonal changes a woman’s body is experiencing and they effect each woman in different ways. Similarly men go through this “change of life” which is call Andropause.

Stages of Menopause

Pre Menopause
Peri Menopause
Post Menopause

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