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Pre-Menopause

Your survey answers suggest that you are likely in a stage called Pre-Menopause. You can know for sure by visiting your doctor.

You have not yet reached the change, and you are most likely fully fertile. Premenopause lasts about 30 years, from the time of your first period until the beginning of peri-menopause. Because you’ve had a period in the last three months with no obvious “peri problems”, it is not your time yet.

What is Pre-Menopause?

When speaking about phases of menopause, it might help to explain that it’s about your fertility and its decline as you approach non-childbearing years. By the time you reach menopause – the moment you have gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period – you have no more periods and are, generally speaking, no longer able to conceive.

Down the road we all go through the menopausal transition. Feel free to keep browsing pepper&wits, so you can understand the change before it sneaks up on you!

Looking ahead: what to expect

Eventually, during the menopausal transition, your reproductive system will begin to shut down. The timing for this process varies from woman to woman. On average perimenopause occurs for about 3-5 years before menopause, but sometimes it can last ten years or more. The average U.S. woman reaches menopause at 51 years old. The stage after menopause is called postmenopause and it lasts for the duration of your life. Some peri-problems, such as vaginal dryness, persist into postmenopause. (Please don’t shoot the messenger.)

Roughly 1 percent of women experience premature menopause, which is when you reach menopause before age 40.

Hormonal changes take place throughout perimenopause as our bodies prepare to exit our reproductive years. Estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, sometimes wildly, during this process. This is why irregular periods take place during perimenopause. Ultimately, our ovaries will cease producing estrogen and progesterone when you reach menopause.

The fluctuating hormones also explain the other unpleasant “peri-problems.” Hormones do more than just handle our reproductive system. Estrogen, for instance, builds bone density. So in perimenopause, you are at greater risk for too much bone density loss and resulting osteoporosis (“porous bones”). Estrogen also facilitates vaginal lubrication, and with low estrogen levels in late perimenopause and beyond, you can expect to have a drier vagina and experience more painful sex. They also influence our emotions and can lead us to experience mood swings. (And you thought PMS was bad…)

Early Bird Gets the Later Menopausal Transition

So what can you do now? Appreciate your youth and be good to your body!

Consider keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum, and if you smoke tobacco, considering quitting. Smoking and excessive drinking can increase likelihood of an earlier onset of menopause. Ensure that your diet includes appropriate amounts of vitamin D and calcium, and be sure to practice healthy amount of exercise. Getting the right amount of certain vitamins and exercise helps keep our bones strong and prepared for the menopausal transition.

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Early Peri-menopause

Your survey answers suggest that you are likely in a stage called Early Perimenopause. You can know for sure by visiting your doctor.

Perimenopause is divided into two stages: Early and Late. Our place in the journey can be indicated by the amount of time that as lapsed since our last menstrual period, and any apparent menstrual irregularities.

What is Early-Perimenopause?

Where we are in the menopause transition is defined by our menstrual period irregularities. Early Perimenopause takes place when we have had a period within the last three months, but with irregularities. Once we’ve gone 3 straight months with no period, we’re considered to be in Late Perimenopause, and The Menopause occurs the moment we’ve gone 12 consecutive months with no period. The Post Menopause stage begins at The Menopause continues on for the duration of our lives.

Perimenopause often comes with some common symptoms that we have nicknamed “peri-problems.”

Brace yourself. Honestly, some women describe Perimenopause as quite miserable. Others glide through the peri-problems with relative ease. Ultimately, we all charge through the thick of it and come out stronger, wiser and with zero periods.

Thankfully, we can be assured there is an incredible support network of women all going through similar peri-problems all over the world.

Early perimenopause typically lasts for one to three years. Once we go through 90 days without a menstrual period, we graduate into Late Perimenopause.

The emotional journey

Perimenopause can take an emotional toll on us. Hot Flashes are not only uncomfortable and unpredictable, they can also be embarrassing. Any women who’s been in Perimenopause for a few months probably has a witty way of playing-off her private summers. The change can take a toll on our relationships as well, especially when co-workers, families and partners don’t understand what’s happening to us and our bodies.

An important thing to know is that Perimenopause is not a disease, but rather a life stage. It’s a biological process that every healthy woman of age will undergo. Peri-problems are real, but they can be managed with a self-care, support, and treatment regimen. We’re also not alone in this walk At any given time, there are 1 Billion women who are experiencing the menopause transition, and we are among the strongest, most resilient people in the world.

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Late Peri-menopause

Your survey answers suggest that you are likely in a stage called Late Peri-Menopause. You can know for sure by visiting your doctor.

Perimenopause is divided into two stages: Early and Late. Our place in the journey can be indicated by the amount of time that as lapsed since our last menstrual period, and any apparent menstrual irregularities.

Note: Certain medical procedures, such as hysterectomy, or conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, can impact the regularity of your period, making your place in the menopause journey more difficult to estimate. Please visit your doctor for a diagnosis.

You have now reached late perimenopause, meaning you are charging through the final stretch before menopause. Keep calm and peri- on.

What is Late-Perimenopause?

Where we are in the menopause transition is defined by our period irregularities. Early Perimenopause takes place when we have had a period within the last three months, but with irregularities. Once we’ve gone 3 straight months with no period, we’re considered to be in Late Perimenopause, and The Menopause occurs the moment we’ve gone 12 consecutive months with no period. The Post-Menopause stage begins at The Menopause continues on for the duration of our lives.

By the time we reach late perimenopause, we may have already gone through some hot flashes, mood swings, period irregularities, difficulty concentrating, and other unpleasant conditions, which we have nick-named “peri-problems.” Unfortunately, in late perimenopause, peri-problems tend to get more intense.

The key to making it through Late Perimenopause seems to be remaining healthy, living vibrantly, and removing anything standing between us and the thermostat. Ultimately, we all charge through the thick of it and come out stronger, wiser and with zero periods.

Why we're getting stronger

Perimenopause can take an emotional toll on us. Hot Flashes are not only uncomfortable and unpredictable, they can also be embarrassing. By the time we make it to Late Perimenopause, we probably have a few witty ways to playing-off our private summers. The change can take a toll on our relationships as well, especially when co-workers, families and partners don’t understand what’s happening to us and our bodies.

An important thing to know is that Perimenopause is not a disease, but rather a life stage. It’s a biological process that every healthy woman of age will undergo. Peri-problems are real, but they can be managed with a self-care, support, and treatment regimen. We’re also not alone in this walk. At any given time, there are 1 Billion women who are experiencing the menopause transition, and we are among the strongest, most resilient people in the world.

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Post-Menopause

Your survey answers suggest that you are likely in a stage called Post-Menopause. You can know for sure by visiting your doctor.

Postmenopause begins from the moment we reach menopause (the point when we have gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period), and it continues until the end of our lives. This is a completely natural stage that we all experience, if we’re fortunate to live this long.

Note: Certain medical procedures, such as hysterectomy, or conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, can impact the regularity of your period, making your place in the menopause journey more difficult to estimate. Please visit your doctor for a diagnosis.

What is post-menopause?

Where we are in the menopause transition is defined by our menstrual period irregularities. The Menopause occurs the moment we’ve gone 12 consecutive months with no period. The Postmenopause stage begins at The Menopause continues on for the duration of our lives.

You have now reached the postmenopause, which means you’ve made through most of the madness. You made it! You have officially joined a cohort of ladies who have been battle-tested by hot flashes, fuzzy memories, mood swings and dryness. Our “peri-problems” typically ease or end during postmenopause, and as an added bonus: we can say goodbye to periods, tampons, pads, and PMS!

Fun fact: The medical term for absence of a period is amenorrhea, or as I like to call it AMEN-orrhea!

Why we're stronger now

Many women feel a sense of relief after moving through often painful, confusing and emotional challenges associated with perimenopause. Most of these issues diminish in postmenopause… thank goodness.

If you are still dealing with some of the peri-problems, you are not alone. Some of the challenges persist into post menopause, such a vaginal dryness and sensitive bladder. Even hot flashes often continue for a year or two into the postmenopause phase.

Postmenopause is a normal, natural phase of life. In it, we can look back and see with clarity the resilience of the female spirit, as we and all the women before us who have lived to this point have fought through the trials of perimenopause and made it out alive… and hopefully all of our families too.

Welcome to the postmenopause. Welcome to AMENorrhea!

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Not Currently Placeable

After reviewing your survey answers, we are unable to estimate your place in the menopause journey at this time. Certain medical procedures, such as hysterectomy, or conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, can impact the regularity of your period, making your place in the menopause journey more difficult to estimate. Please visit your doctor for a diagnosis.

An overview of the Menopause Journey

Where we are in the menopause transition is defined by our menstrual period irregularities. From the beginning of your first menstrual period, we are considered to be in the Pre-menopause stage. Early Perimenopause takes place when we have had a period within the last three months, but with irregularities. Once we’ve gone 3 straight months with no period, we’re considered to be in Late Perimenopause, and The Menopause occurs the moment we’ve gone 12 consecutive months with no period. The Post Menopause stage begins at The Menopause continues on for the duration of our lives.