“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

Definition

What is the menopausal transition?

DotS the definition of the menopausal transition may vary. In What Is Menopause? Understanding the Menopausal Transition  the (United States) National Institute on Aging (NIA) elaborate on:

Menopausal Transition“Menopause is a point in time 12 months after a woman’s last period. The years leading up to that point, when women may have changes in their monthly cycles, hot flashes, or other symptoms, are called the menopausal transition or perimenopause”.2

Age

At what age does the menopausal transition most often begin?

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

“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”.3

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”.4

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”.5

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  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: 18 March 2023
  2. 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: 18 March 2023
  3. 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: 18 March 2023
  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: 18 March 2023
  5. What Is Menopause? Is It Menopause? Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-menopause Accessed: 18 March 2023
Topic Last Updated: 18 March 2023 – Topic Last Reviewed: 18 March 2023

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