When it comes to the female reproductive cycle, menopause marks a major milestone but when does it start? But for many women, understanding what leads up to this transition and when symptoms will begin can be confusing.
Before we even hit menopausal maturity, women will go through a transition phase, perimenopause. and get an idea of how soon you should expect signs of its onset!
Perimenopause vs. Menopause: What’s the Difference?
Perimenopause, the period leading up to menopause, can be a difficult time for many women as they experience fluctuations in hormone levels and common symptoms like hot flashes, dryness and mood swings.
Menopause is officially declared after 12 consecutive months of no menstrual periods – but before this point there are various physical reactions that often occur during perimenopausal transition such as night sweats, headaches and joint pain.
If you think you may be entering into this stage of your life it’s important to understand what changes might happen so that you’re better prepared!
When Does Perimenopause Start?
Perimenopause – the transition period before menopause – can begin as early as a woman’s mid-to-late 40s, potentially ushering in an entirely new stage of life.
For some women this stage may arrive even earlier than expected with symptoms beginning to surface at age 40 or younger; while for others it will be closer to 51 when they reach their last menstrual cycle on average here in the US.
Most commonly perimenopausal stages span from 3-7 years prior to the next chapter of menopause.
Which Perimenopause Symptoms Are Most Common?
Women may experience a spectrum of classic symptoms during perimenopause, from mild hot flashes to debilitating night sweats.
Hot flashes are an internal feeling that radiates through the body’s exterior while night sweats range in intensity – some women merely wake up sweaty but others must frequently change bedding or sleep on towels due to extreme perspiration levels.
Additionally, changes in menstrual cycles can also be expected as part of this transition; initially there is often shortening and increases frequency but later they become increasingly spaced out with diminished flow over time.
Throughout all these shifts it is important for women experiencing them to remember not just their bodies’ changing needs but ways that support themselves emotionally too.
Embracing The Menopausal Journey
Embrace the menopause journey! Explore the, sometimes challenging, physical and emotional shifts that women encounter during the end of their reproductive years.
Take this time as an invitation for growth: explore interests you’ve been curious about or revisit passions from your past. With openness and positivity, menopausal women have the potential to achieve greater liberation – it’s time we celebrate these possibilities!
If any irregularities are experienced earlier than expected it is important to reach out to your healthcare provider for medical evaluation – after all we should always keep our health at top priority!
Golden Leaf Health Center Menopause Support
Golden Leaf Health Center is dedicated to providing women with tailored solutions that allow them to embrace the menopause transition and live their best life!
Our experienced staff will work closely with you in order to understand any physical or emotional changes, while helping create a personalized plan intended specifically for your needs.
From hot flashes and night sweats, all the way through finding ways of supporting one’s self, we are here as your partner every step of the way.
Let us provide guidance on this journey so you can discover what it means for you—as individuals—to thrive during these critical times!