12.8 yrs - late 30's
Estrogen levels peaking with pregnancy
Transition - Peri phase
Mid 40's - early 50's
Fertility is declining
Early transition when periods are more than 7 days different to the normal cycle (21-35 days)
Late stage – miss 2 or more cycles or no period for 60 days or more
Early Post Menopause phase
Early 50's - 60
No period for 12 months or more
Ovaries no longer active.
Decline in bone density
Decline in muscle tone
Noticeably drier skin and hair Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Later Post Menopause phase
No period for 5 years or more
Reduced bone & muscle mass, memory and concentration failing, heart & cardiovascular health can be impacted
Your body goes through a series of changes as you enter the transition phase right through to the post menopause stage, there is no hard and fast rule as to when it will happen or what symptoms you will or won't get or how frequent or severe they might be, or how long it will last as it seems to vary from women to women. Just when you think phew I might be through this, it can come back again!
Often called a women's right of passage or 'the change' it's important to realise this is not a disease it's a natural process we are programmed to go through, it's how you decide to manage it that makes all the difference.
Read on to understand more about menopause and find out what you can do to help yourself!