Have you reached menopause age? The average age of menopause is 51, but women may find themselves starting menopause early for a number of reasons.
Women experiencing premature menopause are those who begin menopause between the ages of 15 and 40.
The Average Age of Menopause
Menopause is defined as the time in a woman's life when she has not experienced a menstruation cycle for 12 months.
Saying that the average age of menopause is 51 means that at 51, she has not had her period for 12 months.
But, don't be fooled! Although 51 is the average menopause age, most women begin experiencing hormonal imbalances in their 30s or 40s.
It can take our bodies 20 years from the time that our hormones begin shifting to the time that we experience menopause.
During those last few years, we will experience an irregular period and many other pre menopause symptoms including hot flashes, weight gain, and insomnia (to name only a few).
Premature and Early Menopause Symptoms
Premature and early menopause symptoms are the same for women experiencing these symptoms at the average menopause age, except that you experience them earlier.
These symptoms include:
Find out how to delay your age of menopause.
As you might expect, women experiencing premature and early menopause will typically have more emotional baggage to deal with than older women.
It can be devastating to become infertile during the years that should be your fertile years. Most likely, you feel that you have been robbed of a life experience that should have been yours.
This sadness can make you experience more stress than other women, particularly since most of the women in your social circle don't understand exactly what you are going through.
You must seek a supportive community to participate in!
It's important to feel that you are being heard and that other women have been through what you are going through. It will do wonders for your mental health.
Menopause is not "curable." It's simply a natural process that all women go through, even if you may be going through it early.
Although you can't stop yourself from experiencing menopause, you can treat many of the symptoms caused by menopause.
Treatments depend on the stage that your hormones are in.
During the beginning of peri menopause, progesterone levels drop. Later, estrogen levels drop. Most of your symptoms are caused by these two shifting hormone levels and the imbalance that they cause.
Also, engaging in regular exercise, lowering your stress level, and eating well will help your body to transition easier into menopause.
Causes of Early and Premature Menopause
Premature menopause occurs when women enter menopause between the ages of 15 and 40. It affects about 1% of women.
Premature menopause can be a very difficult emotional journey for most women, especially since it can be hard to find other women who are going through what you are going through.
The most common known reasons for premature menopause include:
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