Menopause is the end stage of a natural transition in a woman’s reproductive life. It’s at this point that your body’s oestrogen and progesterone production decrease dramatically. The ovaries stop producing eggs and menstruation stops. In general, you are considered to be “officially” in menopause when you experience 12 months without a period.
During menopause, your symptoms may vary widely, but most commonly experienced are hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings.
Technically, a woman is peri-menopausal when she is near menopausal age and while her periods are irregular, and post-menopausal once she has gone 12 months without a period. However, the technical perspective on menopause is of little use for most women when it hits. And it can be very unhelpful for others to speculate on what a woman should be experiencing, based on the facts about her periods!
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