What Are the Different Stages of Menopause?

There are three stages of menopause: Before Menopause (Perimenopause), Menopause and Post Menopause.

Before Menopause (Perimenopause)
Perimenopause, which literally means “around the menopause“, refers to the menopause transition period during which the body makes a transition to menopause.

Perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition, women may start the period at different ages. Some may have perimenopause in their 40s while others may go through the period in their mid-30s.

During perimenopause, women may experience irregular periods, hot flashes and emotional changes.

Menopause, also known as the climacteric, refers to a certain period in a woman’s life. It marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles, and she is no longer able to bear children after menopause.

Menopause is a natural biological process. It typically occurs between 49 and 52 years of age. Besides, menopause can occur to males although it is more common among females.

Some external events will bring on menopause in women. Those external events include chemotherapy for cancer or pelvic radiation, hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy.

Post Menopause
Post menopause refers to the time following menopause in a woman’s life. Women in post menopause no longer need to be concerned about birth control or having monthly periods.

However, postmenopausal women have higher risk of getting some diseases including osteoporosis and heart disease.

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