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What are the stages of menopause?

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The process happens slowly over three stages:

Perimenopause. Your cycles will become irregular, but they haven’t stopped. Most women hit this stage around age 47. Even though you might notice symptoms like hot flashes, you can still get pregnant.

Menopause. This is when you’ll have your final menstrual period. You won’t know for sure it’s happened until you’ve gone a year without one. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep problems, and other symptoms are common in this stage.

Postmenopause. This begins when you hit the year mark from your final period. Once that happens, you’ll be referred to as postmenopausal for the rest of your life. Keep in mind that after more than 1 year of no menstrual periods due to menopause, vaginal bleeding isn't normal, so tell your doctor if you have any ASAP.

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National Institutes of Health. 

Journal of Women's Health, Jan./Feb. 2006. 

The North American Menopause Society. 

The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. 

The National Women's Health Information Center. 

WebMD Medical News: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 30, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Institutes of Health. 

Journal of Women's Health, Jan./Feb. 2006. 

The North American Menopause Society. 

The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. 

The National Women's Health Information Center. 

WebMD Medical News: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 30, 2020

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