Menopause is natural part of the aging process, but it can also be a confusing and distressing time for many women. With all the changes our bodies under go during menopause it can be hard to know if the changes in your health and well-being are linked to menopause. Here’s a look at 3 of the natural phases of menopause that women experience. Within this website you will find both knowledge about menopause and self care products to help with your wellness and well-being. Give your self the space and grace to take care during these phases of life.
Perimenopause means “around menopause” and refers to the time period during which a woman’s body makes its natural transition toward permanent infertility (menopause). Perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition.
The level of your estrogen — the main female hormone — rises and falls unevenly during perimenopause. Your menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten, and you may begin having menstrual cycles in which your ovaries don’t release an egg (ovulate). You may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.
Menopause is officially diagnosed after a year of having no menstrual periods. Your doctor or pharmacist can recommend lab tests to look at your hormones, which can also give some indication of where you are in the menopause process.
When you reach menopause, sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone are no longer produced by your ovaries. At the same time, your body stops releasing eggs from your ovaries and your menstruation ceases. After one year of no periods, your doctor can retrospectively diagnose you as menopausal. These hormonal changes are linked to many of the common symptoms of menopause.
The biological process of menopause can take up to ten years. Not having periods for as long as 60 days is quite common in the perimenopause, especially as you move towards the full menopause. After you reach menopause, the years following this are often known as post-menopause. Many classic menopause symptoms start to disappear in post menopause but there can still be health risks linked to the fact that your body has stopped producing hormones. With our long life spans it has become more common for women to spend many years (even up to 50+ years) in this post-menopausal stage.