Women deal with their periods for almost a third of their lifetime. Around 40 or 50 years old a big transition happens, called menopause. Menopause is when your period permanently stops or when you go 12 consecutive months.
Menopause happens because our ovaries stop producing the hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Our bodies than naturally stop releasing an egg inhibiting us to get pregnant.
There are three phases of menopause; perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Some women experience these stages for less time or more time than others, it depends on your body and your genetics on how the body goes through this transition period.
Stages of Menopause!
This is the 3- 5 year period before you actual hit menopause, where your hormone levels begin to drop. Although both your hormones and egg count are declining you do have a chance you could get pregnant during this time. A women’s body begins making a shift of irregular periods – longer, shorter, heavier or lighter and sometimes more or less than the standard 28 day cycle during this stage.
Some symptoms of preimenopause are hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, and moodiness.
In order to be considered that you are officially experiencing menopause you have to have gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. This can take a while, so during this time period remember to stay prepared and pack liners or period protection just in case of an emergency.
Postmenopause starts after one year since your last menstrual cycle. Although you may not get your period or experience menopause you can still have symptoms.
Be sure to always consult with your OBGYN doctor to make sure your body and menopausal state is in good condition. Have an open and honest relationship with your doctor so you can get the right help!
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