Menopause (pre- and post)

As women, it is important to stay aware of our monthly period. By doing so, it allows for one to keep track of regularity and to possibly catch any symptoms, such as perimenopause, postmenopause, and menopause itself!

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the stage in life that comes prior to menopause. This stage may last anywhere between a few months and possibly up to 10 years. During this time, one may continue to experience periods, but they may continue to be irregular. Until you are period free for about 1 year, you remain in the perimenopausal stage. Because of this, your estrogen levels fluctuate greatly.

What is menopause?

Menopause is a point in a woman’s life that is absent of a period for 12 months, allowing for one to know that they are no longer fertile. The age where this occurs ranges widely, happening as young as in the 30’s up to the 60’s! With the loss of periods, the body also has a decrease in its estrogen levels, but the decreased levels may be countered with supplements if desired.

What is post menopause?

Postmenopause is the stage that occurs after menopause is considered done. During this time, a test may be taken to determine whether you are truly postmenopausal or not. The symptoms may continue to occur, but they may subside. After this time, one may experience an increase in the likelihood of other health problems, such as headaches, heart problems, etc.

What are some symptoms that I may experience?

There are multiple symptoms that come with this point in life. Some of the symptoms that one may experience may include, but are not limited to, irregular bleeding, sweating, hot flashes, vaginal dryness or irritation, frequent urination, weight gain, libido decrease, and fatigue.