“The menopausal transition most often begins
between ages 45 and 55. It usually lasts about
seven years but can be as long as 14 years”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopausal Transition Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Menopausal/Menopause Transition
  • Perimenopause

Terminology

Are the menopausal transition and perimenopause interchangeable terms?

Yes. In Perimenopause or Menopausal Transition: Key Points the Australasian Menopause Society note:

  • “The menopausal transition and perimenopause are inter-changeable terms”.2

Definition

What is the menopausal transition?

DotS the definition of the menopausal transition may vary. The World Health Organization’s and the International Menopause Society’s definition is:

“Menopausal transition – the term menopausal transition should be reserved for that period of time before the FMP when variability in the menstrual cycle is usually increased”.3

What is FMP?

FMP can be an abbreviation for Final Menstrual Period.

Age

When does the menopausal transition begin?

In What Is Menopause? Understanding the Menopausal Transition  the (United States) National Institute on Aging (NIA) elaborate on:

Menopausal Transition“The menopausal transition most often begins between ages 45 and 55. It usually lasts about seven years but can be as long as 14 years. The duration can depend on lifestyle factors such as smoking, age it begins, and race and ethnicity. During perimenopause, the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones made by the ovaries, varies greatly”.4

Affect

How does the menopausal transition affect women?

In What Is Menopause? Understanding the Menopausal Transition the NIA note:

“The menopausal transition affects each woman uniquely and in various ways. The body begins to use energy differently, fat cells change, and women may gain weight more easily. You may experience changes in your bone or heart health, your body shape and composition, or your physical function”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I would like to find out more about the menopausal transition?

If you would like to find out more about the menopausal transition, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In What Is Menopause? Is It Menopause? the NIA explain:

“If you are having symptoms that are common during menopause, your doctor may ask questions about your age, symptoms, and family history to determine if it really is the menopausal transition causing your problems. In some cases, your doctor may suggest a blood test to check your follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol (E2) levels to rule out any other causes for the changes you’re experiencing”.6

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Sources

  1. What Is Menopause? Is It Menopause? Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-menopause Accessed: 02 January 2022
  2. Perimenopause or Menopausal Transition: Key Points. Content Updated: October 2017. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/1057-perimenopause Accessed: 02 January 2022
  3. Menopause Terminology: Definitions – Menopausal Transition. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/menopause_terminology.php Accessed: 02 January 2022
  4. What Is Menopause? Understanding the Menopausal Transition. Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-menopause Accessed: 02 January 2022
  5. What Is Menopause? Understanding the Menopausal Transition. Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-menopause Accessed: 02 January 2022
  6. What Is Menopause? Is It Menopause? Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-menopause Accessed: 02 January 2022

Topic Last Updated: 06 January 2022 – Topic Last Reviewed: 02 January 2022
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