What is Menopause?
Isn’t menopause something my mother has? I am in my 30’s and too young. Menopause is a term used when menstrual periods have ceased for one full year. Your doctor can take a blood test for hormones to determine whether you are in perimenopause or have reached menopause. A peri menopause pregnancy is still a possibility until you stop producing eggs
Am I in Menopause?
Menopause occurs differently with each woman. There are four stages as hormones decline: Pre Menopause, Peri-Menopause, Menopause, and Post Menopause. As women age, the symptoms changes. You may have physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. Some are very subtle and you may not realize that it is due to menopause.
Symptoms of peri-menopause can begin as early as 10–15 years before menstrual periods completely stop. Women in their late 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s may transition in and out of a perimenopausal state many times before they finally enter menopause. If you are currently experiencing symptoms such as irregular periods, heavy bleeding, hot flashes, sleep issues, headaches, dry eyes, hair loss, fuzzy thinking, brain fog, food cravings and gaining weight, or extreme emotional up and down distress, these are all common signs of peri-menopause.