Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause refers to the period 12 months after you have had your last menstrual period. It also marks the end of your menstrual cycle.
The average age for menopause in the United States is 51 according to the National Institute on Aging. However, perimenopause can start at any time during your 40s or 50s.
Some women go through menopause earlier if they have had surgical removal of the uterus or ovariesor after having treatments for cancer.
The changes usually begin during perimenopause, which is the period where you will start to feel the signs and symptoms of menopause. This phase can begin several years before your last period.
Changes to the levels of two female hormones made in your ovaries – estrogen and progesterone – lead to the start of these symptoms.
The average length of perimenopause is four years before periods officially end.
You may start to notice symptoms months or years before you are in menopause. You won’t know exactly when this will start, but if you pay attention to how you are feeling, you will start to notice changes.
Symptoms will vary from woman to woman, and some women may not have any symptoms that their periods may end soon.
Here are some telltale signs you are entering the menopause:
You will know a hot flash as soon as you have one.
A hot flash is a sudden overwhelming blast of heat starting at your forehead going down into your feet and accompanied by sweating. You may also experience flushing or redness in your face and upper body.