The process of menopause doesn’t happen overnight, but rather it is a gradual process. This transition period, also known as perimenopause, can be a very different experience for each woman.
Perimenopause begins on average four years before actual menopause. The average age for menopause is 51, but some women have their last period in their 40’s while others in their late 50’s.
After a full 12 months without a menstrual period you can say you have been through menopause. Here are some of the more common symptoms women experience during the stages of menopause.
1. Hot Flashes
Many women complain about hot flashes as a primary menopause symptom. Unexpected and sudden bursts of heat in your body cause you to feel flushed and uncomfortable. Hot flashes are the result of a decreased supply of estrogen, which happens naturally as women approach menopause.