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Is This Menopause?

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Is This Menopause?I'm having hot flashes, night sweats, and memory lapses. Am I in menopause?

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.

Here are some things to look for and note:
  • Hot flash
  • Night sweats
  • Unusually bad PMS symptoms
  • Heavier periods
  • Lighter periods
  • Shorter menstrual cycles
  • Missed periods

For a more comprehensive list, visit our Menopause homepage.

Check with your doctor about any of these symptoms, especially prolonged bleeding. Extremely heavy of prolonged bleeding between periods, during intercourse, or after menopause could indicate a serious health problem. This could indicate a health problem.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-12-2003 - 03:25 PM


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