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Stages of Menopause

Perimenopause – the 4 to 10 years before periods stop.
Menopause – defined as occurring 12 months after your last period occurring on average at 51.

Postmenopause – the years that follow menopause.

Three kinds of Menopause

Natural – happens between age 40 and 58.

Premature – happens before 40, usually due to an autoimmune disorder or genetics.

Artificial or induced – affects one in four women and caused by both ovaries being surgically removed or after chemotherapy or radiation.

What Happens

Starting in perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate. They don’t tend to drop steadily; they can suddenly spike or dip often triggering menopause symptoms.


  •     Hot Flushes
  •     Sweating.
  •     Irregular periods.
  •     Trouble sleeping.
  •     Headaches.
  •     Aching joints, muscles, and feet.
  •     Breast tenderness.
  •     Weight gain.
  •     Urinary incontinence.
  •     Changes in skin and hair.
  •     Irritability and forgetfulness.
  •     Anxiety and feelings of insecurities.
  •     Diminished sex drives.
  •     Vaginal dryness.

Getting Help

Consult your doctor especially if symptoms are bad, but try other remedies.

Alleviate symptoms naturally: e.g. hot flushes may be helped by cutting down on chocolate, lemon, alcohol, dried fruits, cheddar cheese and food that contains sodium nitrate like processed meat.