How long does menopause last?

 

It’s a bit a difficult question to answer because it really is different for every woman.

 

Menopause is a time of a woman’s life when the ovaries no longer produce eggs and the production of ovarian hormones begins to drop off. This causes many different symptoms that ultimately result in the cessation of periods.

 

When a woman has had no periods for twelve consecutive months, it is said that menopause is over.

 

There are actually three phases of menopause during a natural menopause. These include the following:

 

  • Perimenopause. This is also referred to as the menopause transition. This period of time usually starts 8-10 years before actual menopause and is a time when the ovaries are gradually producing less of the hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. Perimenopause usually begins when a woman is in her 40s but can also begin when a woman is in her 30s. Perimenopause continues until the woman reaches menopause and no more eggs are made....
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