How did you know that you were in menopause? Hot flashes? Night sweats?

Generally speaking, a woman is said to be in menopause when she has not a period for a year. If you have not reached that point yet, you are most likely experiencing perimenopause. This phase can begin several years before menopause. It is your body’s way of transitioning towards menopause. For most women, it starts in their 40s, but it can start as early as the mid-30s in some cases. Perimenopause continues until you reach menopause, usually around the age of 50 (the average age for American women is 51).

The best way to track these changes is to chart your cycle on a calendar and write down your symptoms in a symptom diary. These are both great tools to take to see your doctor on your next visit.

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