Menopause is a normal and necessary part of life for EVERY woman. Some go through it at an earlier stage, and if you do have certain surgical procedures, you will go through menopause regardless of age. But for most, it is essentially the cessation of menstruation, ovulation, and it can last for months or even years, typically hitting during middle age.
Sometimes, women still experience periods during the early stages of perimenopause. And unfortunately, this is while experiencing hot flashes, depression, and many of the other common symptoms of perimenopause.
When Should You Expect Perimenopause
I’ve seen women experience perimenopause as early as 40, and yet I’ve seen 60 year old women who miraculously become pregnant and go to full term. It varies from woman to woman. But the average and most common age to lose your period is 51.
How Do I Know When I Will Start?
This is a good question and yet one that is unanswerable. You could look at when your mother first experienced the symptoms of menopause. But that is not a fullproof way to tell. And unfortunately, the age at which you started menstruation means nothing when it comes to menopause. I wish it did, because then everybody could have a set period of periods if you will.
How to Stay Healthy Post Menopause
No matter your age, you should prepare to stay healthy post menopause. And after you experience menopause, it is even more important as women experience an increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and other serious health problems.
The steps to take can seem quite obvious. For one thing, don’t smoke. Obviously, follow a healthy diet rich in fiber and low calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Do remember to exercise regularly, and make sure to specifically get enough calcium and vitamin D.
Get regular pelvic and breast exams, pap tests, and mammograms, and make sure that you pay particular attention to any moles that may have changed, vaginal discomfort, and other common warning signs. All of this will help you to maintain a healthy menopause.