Some Things You Should Know About Menopause

Life doesn't end with the Menopause

The symptoms of menopause can be frustrating and confusing. While you probably learned about the hormonal changes you could expect during puberty, either from your mum, from classmates or ‘sex education’ classes, or even by reading Judy Blume novels, nobody really tells you about menopause. And there doesn’t seem to be much to look forward to. Puberty was the start of an exciting emotional ride; crushes, first kisses, falling in love… What does menopause mean? Is that it now?

Menopause is a slow process. The initial perimenopause stage can last more than five years. For most women, symptoms begin in their late 40s, though they can start much earlier, with full menopause happening at an average age of 51.

Once a woman has had 12 months without a period, she is classified as being in menopause, and for the rest of her life is described as post-menopausal.

Many women feel unprepared for the changes of menopause, for what the hormonal changes mean. It’s really common to feel a sense almost akin to bereavement.

“Menopause? But I’m still young, right?”

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