What is Menopause?
What is it?
The menopause is when you stop ovulating due to a fall in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone in your body. But it’s also a collection of symptoms and changes that a woman goes through just before or just after she stops menstruating for good.
What are the first signs of menopause?
The first sign of the menopause is usually a change in the pattern of your periods. You may experience substantial period bleeding, where your flow becomes uncharacteristically heavy. Or your periods may become much lighter and more intermittent. You may have a period every two or three weeks, or not have one for months at a time. All this is normal.
At what ages does the menopause usually start?
The menopause is a gradual process that tends to happen in stages. The age you are at its onset is hereditary. It can begin as early as 40 or as late as 60, with the average age being 51. Symptoms start a few months or even years before your periods stop – known as the ‘perimenopause’ – and typically continue for four years afterwards.