What is Menopause?

Discover what’s happening in your body when it is going through menopause

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Menopause definition

Menopause literally means the last period.

When a woman has not had her menstrual period for 12 consecutive months or more, she is already in menopause.

However, the word menopause, or the “change of life”, is commonly used in referring to the years before and after this turning point in a woman’s life as well – the three stages of menopause.

What happens during menopause?

What happens during menopause actually begins in the perimenopause stage of menopause.

In simple terms, a woman’s ovaries gradually start to produce less and less of the female hormone estrogen.

This signals the body’s natural evolution from its fertile child-bearing years to a new time of life.

During this decline of ovarian hormones, the brain detects the low levels of oestrogen and produces more releasing hormones, in an effort to spur the body to produce more oestrogen.

This is why women experience hot flushes during menopause. But this is just one of the symptoms of menopause. There are many others to be aware of.

Because this transition is usually a very gradual process women can be in perimenopause without realising it – with sometimes disastrous consequences.

Knowing and looking out for the signs of menopause before they happen is the best thing you can do to make sure the change of life can be the Time of Your Life®!

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