When Will I Reach Menopause?
Your hormone levels begin to fluctuate in the years before menopause. During this transitional time, called perimenopause, most women begin to experience changes in their menstrual periods. Your periods could be longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter — the changes are different for each woman.
At menopause, estrogen production severely drops and your periods stop. You officially enter menopause when you haven’t had your period for 12 consecutive months. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45-58, but the average age is 52.
Symptoms of Menopause
It is important to know each woman has a different journey through menopause. Some experience few or mild symptoms, while others have severe hot flashes that make it hard to get through the day. The classic symptoms of menopause include:
Without enough estrogen, the vaginal lining becomes thin, dry, less elastic, and fragile. Additionally, blood supply and lubrication in the vagina decline. This condition, called vaginal atrophy, affects nearly half of all women at menopause.
If you develop vaginal atrophy, you’ll have symptoms such as: