Menopause is a natural time in a woman’s life when her menstrual cycles stop, marking the end of her reproductive years. The average age at which women go through menopause is 51 years, though it could occur sooner or later.
During this time, woman’s ovaries stop producing hormones, causing her periods to stop. Estrogen is the hormone that controls the menstrual cycle. The average age at which women go through menopause is 51, though it could occur sooner or later. Menopause is complete when a woman’s periods have stopped for 1 year.
The period of time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause. This occurs sometime in your 30s or 40s when the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries begins to shift. A common sign of perimenopause is a change to the menstrual cycle. The cycles may become longer or shorter. A woman may also begin to skip periods.
Other signs and symptoms of perimenopause may include: