Menopause Age

What Is The Average Menopause Age?

Menopause typically occurs after age 40. Recognizing menopause is not easy as the process is gradual and may complete only after several years.

The simplest definition of menopause is the last menstrual period you ever experience. This occurs when the levels of the hormones controlling the menstrual cycle have fallen so low that it can no longer happen. It can be difficult to recognize exactly when the menopause occurs because periods can become irregular as you get older.

The generally accepted view that menopause has occurred is when your last period occurred at least one year previously, and that you have not been pregnant within that year.  Experts tend to agree that if you are not at least 50, you should wait for at least 2 years before concluding that you have had your last period. The menopause age range is therefore likely to lie between age 45 to 55.

The period of transition from reproductive to non-reproductive life is the climacteric phase. The definition and corresponding age range for the stages are as follows:

Premenopause

Premenopause refers to the entire period of time during which a woman can become pregnant, form puberty to the menopause. Pre-menopause age starts from the time a woman menstruates, to the age of onset of menopause.

Perimenopause

Perimenopause usually lasts 4 – 5 years, and begins before the menopause itself, at the time you might first experience menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Menstrual periods usually become less predictable during this phase. You may notice that they become less or more frequent, less regular, heavier or lighter. When you have had a whole year (or two if you are under 50) without menstrual periods, this marks the end of the perimenopause and the onset of the menopause.

Postmenopause

Postmenopause refers to the time beyond the last period.

The average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51, though having your last period at any time between the ages of 45 and 55 is considered completely normal.

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