Dr. Carissa discusses the different stages of menopause in this quick video.
OK, we’re back for some more frequently asked questions. Today’s question is…
What is the difference between PRE-MENOPAUSE, PERI-MENOPAUSE, AND POST MENOPAUSE.
The difference between these three are:
PRE-MENOPAUSE is what occurs first. This happens when you hit puberty, when you start your period, and it last’s until about your mid 40’s.
Then you entered the next stage called PERI-MENOPAUSE, now this is the stage where a women usually starts having hot flashes because their hormones are starting to go up and down. Each month their periods become more irregular, and they are on their way to full menopause.
Now, FULL MENOPAUSE or POST MENOPAUSE is when you have not had a period for at least 12 months, someone may still experience hot flashes and mood swings, low libido, vaginal dryness, dry skin.
Some women still experience those symptoms even though their periods has been gone for a long time, and some don’t. Everyone’s different.
So those were the stages, and the average onset of menopause is 51 years old, that’s the average age when women’s period should stop completely.
Hope that helps.
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