Stages of Menopause What You Need To Know
Do You Know the Stages of Menopause?
There are 3 Stages of Menopause. I learned about this much later in life, hence this article is to educate others who will go through this, eventually. Women can range from early ages of 30’s until much later ages. No matter the age (as every woman is different), menopause is a Bi-ach and you will have to deal with it! 🙁
Some women breeze through these stages of life with no problems. Others have a hard time dealing with it as everyone is different so will be effected differently. So this article will explain what you need to know first, i.e., there are stages of menopause and how to deal with this part of your life.
What Every Woman Should Know About the Stages of Menopause
Did you know there were stages of menopause? There are actually 3 stages. But most of us don’t think too much about this time of life until we are beset by menopause symptoms, like a hot flashes or sporadic cycles.
Menopause is supposed to be a gradual process that begins when a woman’s ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. Although the average age is around 50+ or so, it can begin as early as the mid-40s or as late as the mid-50’s. Menopause can also be brought on by medical means, such as Hysterectomies or UAT/FAE (Uterine Artery Embolization or Fibroid Artery Embolization), current procedures used to stop heavy bleeding from women with fibroids or other medical conditions..
The Three Stages of Menopause
Stage 1: Peri-menopause
As we approach our late 40’s, most women will begin to experience irregular menstrual periods in terms of the frequency, length, and the intensity of the flow. This is triggered by the fluctuations of our estrogen and progesterone levels as they naturally diminish. This on-off cycle can last for a year or years before actually going into Menopause.
Stage 2: Menopause
Menopause officially begins when you have gone 12 months without a period. Most women continue to experience hot flashes and other symptoms during this time; however, they may decrease in intensity as hormone levels start to stabilize. This can include hot flashes, night sweats, lack of sleep, and irritability.
We then start to experience hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, and a decrease in libido. For some women, these symptoms are nothing more than a minor annoyance. For others, the symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with our quality of life. The peri-menopause stage can last any number of years and it is important for women to remember that it still possible to become pregnant during peri-menopause
Stage 3 Post-menopause
The final stage is post-menopause. In this stage, the other menopause symptoms like hot flashes, etc. have diminished. When you’ve gone a full year with no menopause symptoms, you are in post-menopause. By this point, there is normally a significant decrease in menopausal symptoms and it is said, they eventually go away. I’m not at that point yet. 🙁
What To Do Next
I started Menopause early – in my early 40’s. My 2nd post will explain how and why it happened so early. At the time of this writing, I’m 61 and still suffer intensely from hot flashes unless I am taking medication. My hot flashes and symptoms were so intense, I went through a serious of ‘remedies/medicines to finally find what worked for me.
This series will talk about the best ways to handle this particular stage of our life. If you have hot flashes, I can tell you how I eliminated them completely.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me. After going through this for years, I know I can point you in the right direction to bring you relief. Look for Part 2 to learn how to deal with these stages of menopause. Don’t forget to leave a comment to share your own experiences.