What are the stages of menopause?

There are three stages of menopause, each one with their own symptoms and characteristics. 

  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause
  • Postmenopause

The perimenopause stage begins up to 10 years prior to the cessation of a menstrual cycle. Here, estrogen in the body will decrease and you may start to experience symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and emotional changes. 

During menopause, your body is transitioning from having a monthly cycle. During the year in which menopause begins, eggs will no longer be released from your ovaries. 

The postmenopause stage comes after you have gone through a 12 month period without a menstrual cycle. Once this occurs, you are considered "postmenopausal". This stage will consist of you experiencing the typical symptoms associated with menopause.

Treatments to Help with Menopause Symptoms

Hormone Therapy
Estrogen therapy and estrogren progesterone/progestin hormone therapy can help make menopause symptoms less intense. 
Lifestyle Changes
Staying active, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting mental health support can help you manage menopause symptoms. 
None at All
Some women choose to not treat their menopause symptoms an age naturally. As long as you are monitoring your overall health, this is a great choice for many women.

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Do you still have questions about the menopause life cycle?

When can I no longer get pregnant?

Once you go through menopause and your ovaries stop releasing eggs, you can no longer get pregnant. 

Am I more at risk for heart disease when I’m going through menopause?

Yes. As you age, you are more likely to develop conditions like coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure. 

How will I know when I start menopause?

You will start to experience less frequent periods, hot flashes, emotional changes, and other classic menopause symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. 

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