All women face the day when they will stop menstruating. Knowledge is power! You can’t predict exactly how you’ll feel, but you can understand the range of experiences you may have.
The first signs are likely to occur between ages 40 and 50, when perimenopause may stretch your period from 25-30 days to more like 40-50 days, or you may begin missing periods altogether. You’re considered in full menopause when you haven’t had a period for 12 months with no medical explanation other than age, according to Nicole C. Woitowich, director of science outreach and education at Women’s Health Research Institute.
Woitowich lists typical symptoms during perimenopause that frequently continue after menopause:
For some women, one or more of these symptoms can be severe. What can you do to relieve symptoms?
“In addition, the Office on Women’s Health encourages women to maintain a healthy lifestyle by staying active, eating a balanced diet and reducing stress to ease the discomfort of menopause symptoms,” Woitowich adds. To learn more about your own potential journey through menopause, use the Women’s Health Research Institute’s an online self-assessment tool.