Have questions about menopause? You're not alone. We've answered some frequently asked questions to help you learn, prepare for, and navigate menopause!
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life, usually between the ages of 45 and 55, when the ovaries stop producing eggs (aka. ovulating) and menstrual periods end.
Great question! Menopause typically lasts 4-5 years.
Menopause does not happen suddenly; most women experience changes in their periods for years (typically 8-10) before they stop menstruating completely. During this time (called perimenopause or the menopausal transition), women often start to have menopausal symptoms as a result of declining levels of estrogen in the body. The transition from perimenopause to menopause is considered complete after a full year without a period. After menopause, symptoms subside and a woman enters postmenopause.
No. After menopause, a woman can no longer get pregnant.
Symptoms vary, but can include any of the following:
Menopause symptoms are caused by the ovaries producing less estrogen - this decreases by more than 90%!
There are a number of options available to ease the symptoms of menopause. These include estrogen (hormone therapy) and non-hormonal options.
We pulled our information for this blog off of our Patient Resources page on Menopause and Hormone Therapy, but there are other great sites out there to help, too! A few of our favorites are listed below:
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