Menopause - Menopause Age
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One thing is predictable when it comes to menopause – and that is that it is very unpredictable! The average age of a woman who is entering menopause is 51, but there is no real definitive age because every woman is different. Menopause becomes official when a woman does not have a period for a full year.
Studies show that age 45 through 55 is the age-range window during which most women enter menopause, meaning when she has her last period. Oddly enough, the time when she has her first period is entirely unrelated to when menopause will occur for a woman. (For example, if a girl gets her first period at an early age, that does not necessarily mean that she will have her last period or enter menopause early.) However, genetics do seem to play a role in when you may enter menopause. Studies show that many women enter into menopause around the same age as their mothers were when they entered into menopause.
Some women experience menopause as early as their 30s or 40s, others do not enter menopause until they are in their 60s.
Perimenopause can begin up to 10 years before menopause. Symptoms often include irregular menstrual cycles (lighter or heavier flow), water retention and bloating, weight gain, night sweats, hot flashes, heavy PMS, vaginal dryness, weight gain and more.
If you think you are experiencing menopause or perimenopause and you have questions or concerns, seek consultation from your physician.
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