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How do you know at what stage of menopause you are in?
Author - Motherhood Medical Team
Menopause marks the end of menstrual cycle in woman which occurs around the age of 51, even though in some it may happen as they turn 40. While this concurs to the lower levels of hormones, there are menopausal symptoms that point towards its occurrence, like mood swings, hot flashes, sweating, vaginal dryness etc.
Quick fact: After menopause, women are more likely to have chances of heart disease.
Stages of menopause
The process of menopause in women is a gradual process that occurs in three stages, namely: perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause where some may be confused with at what stage they are. This whole transition occurs usually between 45 and 55 years. Every stage is attributed to some specific changes that deters its occurrence, as:
- Perimenopause: This is phase where you have transition to menopause. The common attributes noticed during this phase are the changes in the length of menstrual cycle for more than 7 days. Besides, many other symptoms like sleep disturbance, headaches, UTIs and fatigue of perimenopause are often confused by women in the beginning. With time, symptoms can become more clear where periods can become irregular along with change in flow.
- Menopause: When a woman goes for consecutive one year without periods, she has reached the stage of menopause. As soon as you cross this time limit, you reach postmenopause phase.
- Postmenopause: After not having any period for 12 months, postmenopause stage begins. Some women may stop having some symptoms of menopause, whereas in some, they may continue like hot flashes, vaginal dryness etc. However, with the passage of time the intensity of many symptoms can go away. During this stage, there is an increased risk of developing the following conditions:
- Cardiac diseases
- Changes in vaginal health
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Do take an appointment with the best women hospital at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.
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