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Starting Perimenopause

Starting Perimenopause

Aging is difficult, that is just a fact of life. Whether you are a child growing up and entering adolescence, a young adult starting their first job and life on their own, or if you are transitioning out of middle age. There is no stopping aging and attempts to delay the aging process are only so effective. Growing older comes with myriad different changes and new obstacles. For women one of the most challenging parts of the aging process is menopause. On average women enter into menopause at fifty-one years old, however this is the average age that a woman has her last menstrual cycle, the signs and symptoms characteristic of menopause can begin to show as much as a decade earlier, sometimes more. This period of time is known as perimenopause, it is a phase in the menopausal process prior to when a woman has gone a whole year without having a period.

Perimenopause is still a relatively new term, but it has become widely used over the last several years. Perimenopause can be one of the longest lasting parts of menopause. Even women as young as their thirties may begin to notice some of the signs indicative of perimenopause. While this may not be a welcome fact, the reality is that women can begin perimenopause across a wide range of ages. Yet during perimenopause it is still possible to conceive and have a child, even if you have irregular periods or have even gone several months without one. It is only after a full year has elapsed with no menstrual cycle that a woman is no longer reproductively capable.

One of the biggest indicators of perimenopause is a noticeable irregularity in one’s periods, this can include late and missed periods. While there is a percentage of women who will likely not feel any perimenopausal symptoms, the majority of women will. The symptoms of perimenopause can be traced back to decreases in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally when a woman reaches a certain age. Although, while hormones play a large role in the type and severity of perimenopausal symptoms, there are numerous other factors that can influence them. These other factors can include but may not be limited to fatigued adrenal glands, depleted levels of serotonin in the body, and a lack of certain necessary nutrients.

What Age Does Menopause Start

What Age Does Menopause Start

Menopause basically marks the time in a woman's life when she stops menstruating. This is normal and it is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and many other indicators. This mainly depends on the individual. Menopause usually lasts for about four years before ending.

Every woman is different, and therefore the age at which each woman starts menopause will completely depend on the woman—rather like puberty. With menopause, however, the age may vary even more. The average age for a woman to start menopause is 51, but many women will begin this stage of life either sooner or later. Usually, you can guess that you will start menopause between 45 and 55 years of age, with 51 being the average. Some women will begin menopause in their 40s or even in their 30s. On the other hand, some women do not go through this period of life until they are into their 60s. With 30 years of variability, it may be difficult to know when menopause will start for you, but there is a really good chance that a woman will start to go into menopause at about the same time as her mother did.

The reason that most women take after their mothers is because menopause is quite strongly linked to genes. There are always exceptions and some women just don't take after their mothers. Sometimes even if a woman's mother went through menopause at the average age, she might start before the age of 45. There may not be a detectable reason and it might be the consequence of a one-time genetic mutation or something else. It could be random or it could also be genetic and skip a generation. If you know when most of the women in your family went through menopause, and they were all at around the same time, then there's a strong chance you will follow after them.

There are also other influences which could affect when a woman goes into menopause. Smoking is a lifestyle choice which unfortunately can do quite a bit of harm to the ovaries. As a result, this may make a woman go into menopause early. If your mother didn't smoke but you do, then you will probably experience menopause before she did.

Like smoking, chemotherapy can cause damage to the ovaries. Some women may even go through a temporary kind of menopause during chemotherapy. Sometimes menopause even stops permanently, but if menstruation does return menopause will come several years before it would have without the chemotherapy.

Ovarian surgery and ethnicity may also play a role in when a woman will have menopause. While some Asian women will often go through menopause later in life, Hispanic and African-American women often go through menopause slightly earlier. When a woman had her first period, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the use of hormonal birth control won't have an affect on when menopause begins. The closer a woman gets to the time of menopause the more easy it should be to predict when that time will come.