“The average age of menopause is 51.5 years, with most women experiencing menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 years”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause Age Umbrella include?

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

  • Menopause Age
  • Menopause Average Age

Age

When do women reach menopause?

In Managing Menopause: Don’t Let Symptoms of Menopause Reduce Your Quality of Life – When Is Menopause? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) elaborate on:

“When you reach menopause may be influenced by the age you had your first period, the age your mother underwent menopause, or the length of your menstrual cycle; women with shorter, more frequent cycles may reach menopause earlier”.2

Mother’s AgeMother’s Menopause

Do women enter menopause around the same age as their mothers?

In Genetics Play Strong Role In Determining Age of Menopause and Overall Longevity the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) report:

“If you’re wondering why you entered menopause earlier or later than other women, blame your mother. That’s because numerous studies have confirmed the role of genetics in determining a woman’s age at menopause”.3

Average Age

What is the average age of menopause?

The International Menopause Society (IMS) explain:

Menopause Age“The average age of menopause is 51.5 years, with most women experiencing menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 years”.4

North America

In North American, what is the average age of menopause?

According to the NAMS:

“Women in North America will likely experience natural menopause between ages 40 and 58, averaging around age 51. Some women, however, reach this phase in their 30s, others in their 60s”.5

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom (UK), what is the average age of menopause?

According to the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) in Menopause: Overview:

“The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51”.6

Australia

In Australia, what is the average age of menopause?

In About Menopause: When Does Menopause Occur?, according to the JH:

“Most women reach menopause between 45-55 years of age, and the average age for women in Australia to reach menopause is 51-52 years. Some women will have a later menopause, at up to 60 years of age, especially if there is a family history of late menopause”.7

Smoking

Is there an association between smoking and menopause?

The IMS note:

“Smoking is associated with the early onset of menopause”.8

Race and Other Factors

Is there an association between race and other factors and menopause?

The NAMS note:

“No clear correlations have been found between age at menopause and race, age at first period, or use of birth control pills or fertility medications”.9

Early Menopause

What is early menopause?Menopause Age

DotS the definition of early menopause may vary. In Premature & Early Menopause: What Is Premature & Early Menopause? the JH’s definition is:

“‘Early menopause’ is when the final menstrual period occurs between 40 and 45 years”.10

Premature Menopause

What is premature menopause?Menopause Age

DotS the definition of premature menopause may vary. In Premature & Early Menopause: What Is Premature & Early Menopause? the JH’s definition is:

“‘Premature menopause’ is when the final menstrual period occurs before a woman is 40”.11

Induced Menopause

What is induced menopause?

DotS the definition of induced menopause may vary. According to the IMS:

“Menopause occurs at a younger age when it is induced by surgical removal of the ovaries or by irradiation or chemotherapy used in cancer treatment”.12

Health Care Provider

What if would like help with menopause or to stop smoking?

If you would like help with menopause or to stop smoking, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors In Breast Cancer. The International Menopause Society Comment on “Type and Timing of Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk: Individual Participant Meta-Analysis of the Worldwide Epidemiological Evidence”. 29 August 2019: 2. https://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/2b650ccd4a2e0c63806d82ed2984ed69.pdf Accessed: 03 September 2019
  2. Managing Menopause: Don’t Let Symptoms of Menopause Reduce Your Quality of Life – When Is Menopause? 02 October 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/news/managing-menopause-dont-let-symptoms-of-menopause-reduce-your-quality-of-life Accessed: 03 September 2019
  3. Genetics Play Strong Role In Determining Age of Menopause and Overall Longevity. 12 June 2019. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/press-release/genetic-associations-with-age-of-menopause-6-12-19-release.pdf Accessed: 03 September 2019
  4. Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors In Breast Cancer. The International Menopause Society Comment on  “Type and Timing of Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk: Individual Participant Meta-Analysis of the Worldwide Epidemiological Evidence”.  29 August 2019: 2. https://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/2b650ccd4a2e0c63806d82ed2984ed69.pdf Accessed: 03 September 2019
  5. Are We There Yet? Navigate Now With Our Guided Menopause Tour: Arriving at Destination: Natural Menopause. North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/are-we-there-yet-navigate-now-with-our-guided-menopause-tour Accessed: 03 September 2019
  6. Menopause: Overview. Page Last Reviewed: 29 August 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/ Accessed: 03 September 2019
  7. About Menopause: When Does Menopause Occur? Last Updated 04 February 2019 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/about-menopause Accessed: 03 September 2019
  8. Women and Menopause: Facts. 2012:1. International Menopause Society http://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2012/wmd_general_menopause_backgrounder.pdf Accessed: 03 September 2019
  9. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook. 1 An Introduction To Menopause, 8th Edition 2015: 1
  10. Premature & Early Menopause: What Is Premature & Early Menopause? Last Updated 04 February 2019 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/premature-early-menopause/ Accessed: 03 September 2019
  11. Premature & Early Menopause: What Is Premature & Early Menopause? Last Updated 04 February 2019 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/premature-early-menopause/ Accessed: 03 September 2019
  12. Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause. 2014:2. International Menopause Society http://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2014/booklets/ims_wmd_booklet_2014_english.pdf Accessed: 03 September 2019
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