What is the ideal age of a woman become menopause

Marivic - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I'm 41 yrs. old, at this age my monthly period start to irregular.

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Joy - posted on 02/27/2013

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hi im joy 44 years old im experincing now a delayed menstrual period.and im eager to know that it is a sign or symtoms for menopausal? but when i was my teenage time, i heard the mothers conversation they said that the woman we have their menopausal period at the age of 55? isn't it true? orit depends of when is our menstration started? im eager to know your advises or comments.thanks and God bless us....

Debbiemartinez - posted on 07/29/2013

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I'm 38 haven't had a cycle for the past 2 years. I'm having hot flashes and gaining weight. All I do is diet n walk/run. So tired n don't know what else to do.
I have seen so many doctors n my blood levels r not normal but not enough to get on metformin. In the meantime I'm getting fatter n my friends r losing.

Karen - posted on 07/29/2013

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Hello, I am 51 years old and went into menopause immediately after the birth of my 15 year old. I was 36 and have gone through many changes since then. I tried alot of natural therapeutic methods including herbs, and other homeopathic supplements. I will tell you to pay close attention to your body, to how you feel and do as much research as you can.

Sandra - posted on 10/16/2009

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Hi Marivic
I was going through the same thing. I am now 43 years old but I having alot of mood swings, memory loss and my hair is falling out. I had my second son at 41 which caused my hormones to change. My doctor told me that perimenopause can start as young as 35 years old. There are 35 signs of menopause. I really enjoyed reading this website. I hope this helps. Sandra
http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/

Glenda - posted on 10/13/2012

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Hello Marivic,



While there is no "ideal" age, the average age for menopause is 51 years of age. By definition, this means a woman has gone without her period for 12 consecutive months. However, what most women don't know is that perimenopause starts much, much earlier. It can start 10 years earlier. Perimenopause is the period in which your hormones start to fluctuate causing many symptoms.

You are 41. Your irregular period could have a number of causes, perimenopause is certainly one of them. It is helpful to start a menstrual journal. Write down on a calendar exactly when you are menstruating, how many days, and how heavy it is. This will be very helpful for your doctor to determine if you are indeed in perimenopause.

Also, there are tests to take to measure your hormone levels, however, these are known to be very inconclusive because of the fluctuating hormones in this time. You might take the test just when your hormones are perfect and then you will falsely believe you are not in perimenopause, for example. The best way to determine if you are in perimenopause is to track your periods.



I write about the stages of menopause on my site http://www.nursingmenopause.com.

I am a former Registered Nurse and I have been studying and writing about menopause now for two years.

If you have any questions, Marivic, please feel free to ask me.

All the best.

Glenda de Vries

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Kofi - posted 3 days ago

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Hello Marivic,
My wife is 48yrs old and has not been menstruating for the past 2yrs, is she in her menopause?, and can she conceive?

Jen - posted on 11/07/2013

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I am now 44 years old and had my last period two months after my 40th birthday. I was always regular, every 22-24 days, so when it became 4 weeks or 5 weeks between periods I actually took a pregnancy test! This started when I was around 36 or 37. Towards the end even the color was different. Unfortunately I now have to deal with hot flashes. More like waves of burning heat rolling through my body. As if that weren't enough, any desire for intimacy is gone. I'm pretty sure my husband would prefer I had my period again :(

Daisy - posted on 09/29/2013

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hi my name is daisy iam 54 years old. i feel run down. from all day running around with 4 kids. i have a son his 22-other son 15 thats driving me crazy.and i have 9 year old with down sydrome and a boy 5years old.and my doctor ask me if i was going though menopause and i said i dont no.he said do you feel hot .iam always hot. and now i have high blood presure. so i dont no if it came and went.i just dont no.to busy to notice thats crazy.i stop getting my period 2 years ago

NAIRA - posted on 09/06/2013

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You will not believe this:
I had my bold test done to see if I am going through menopause, when I went to see my family doctor for the result he confirmed that yes I in fact am going through menopause. But the worst is that he tells me this: I wish my ex-wife was going through it “bitch”!!!!
I am not going back to him anymore, I think he needs to put out of business

Sandra - posted on 10/14/2012

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Hi, I amm 48 years old and have been in perimenopause for about 10 years. I have just in the last year started missing periods. Some of them are very light and others very heavy or I just don't have one. Hot flashes are more like hot wave that last for hours, mood swing are more like roller coasters. Poor sleep and extreme tiredness are just a few symptons. So just keep a record of the problems and see your doctor. Hang it there. Also check out...The Second Talk.com presented by poise.

GLENDA - posted on 10/11/2012

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I HAVE BEEN GOING THREW MENOPAUSE SINCE 40 AND 2 YRS AGO , I HAD FLU SHOT THAT SOME HOW GOT FULL BLOWN MENOPAUSE , I GOT MORNING SICKNESS , MEMORY LOSS , FORGETTING THINGS ON STOVE , ITS JUST LIKE BEING PREGNANT I HAD ALL THE SYTEMS . WENT ON PILLS AND WITH NO INSURANCE PILLS WERE TO EXPENSIVE I HAD TO GET OFF THEM . MIGRAINES NOW AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS . MORNING SICKNESS SOMETIMES ALL DAY . FOODS EVEN MADE ME REALLY SICK , IM 53 NOW ITS GOTTEN WORSE , THEN BETTER . HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE THATS GOING THREW IT AS BAD AS ME . GL E1

Cindy - posted on 10/23/2009

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I am 47 and began to have changes in my period at about 44yrs, recently I am not having periods for 4 months at a time. That is very uncomfortable. My dr. said she could give me something to bring on my period when this happens , but i really don't want to begin medicine. I actually felt pregnant due to increase in my lower abdomen. Funny thing, my daughter had her 1st period on the same month mine stopped!

Pamela - posted on 10/22/2009

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Girl i'm 42 and have been in pre-MENopause for 10 years now. ask ur Dr. but Estraven, EQUATE brand, over the counter helps me a whole lot, good luck.
Pamela

Tammy - posted on 10/21/2009

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It really depends on the person. I started having irregular periods in my early 30's. The doctor brushed it off as stress because I was going thru a divorce at the time. I remarried and wanted to have a baby so my doc did some testing (lots of testing). It turns out I was going thru the early stages of meopause EXTREMELY EARLY. I was told that usually once you turn around 40 you can start going thru perimenopause and that can go on for 10 years. I would start by having your hormones checked. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 10/21/2009

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I'm 42 and my cycle is pretty much regular, but OMG I just started the hot flashes a couple of months ago. I've only gotten them every now and then, but ... UGH!! I guess it's different for everyone. GL!

Joni - posted on 10/21/2009

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I am 46 & I went from March - September (7 months) without a period. Hot flashes, mood swings, memory loss the works.. My GYN said that I was well on my way into menopause considered in peri-menopause and if I made it 12 months I would be home free!...guess what? I started this month and now have to start all over...All depends on your hormones when your mom started menopause..mine had a hysterectomy b-4 she started so I don't have that to go by......and like everyone else has said it can take up to 10 years...Talk to your Doc to rule out any other problem..Good luck!

Cathy - posted on 10/21/2009

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what ever you do DO NOT TAKE THE HORMONES TREATMENT .. there is something else thats made out of your system { will get the name later } DR PHILS WIFE IS ON IT read up on it too very interesting ..

but if you really knew what went in there you would say NO F'N WAY .." yup i did back after my youngest was born 26 yrs ago .. they put me on PREMARIN { EWW IF YOU ONLY KNEW WHAT IS IN HERE!!}but came down with cancer ! did removel of the females organs total !!, the dr said yes it was frm the PREMAIN { all i can think of poor horses .. } i was 30 at the time to this day never took another drug { hormorens replacement , nada !!no hot flashes , just a fresh veggies , fruits no can, frozen either plus drink alot of ICE WATER !! you wont get it as much

Mary - posted on 10/20/2009

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I'm 41 years old. I started perimenopause at age 30. I had been having hot flashes and very sad and cried all the time for no reason. I went to my Dr. and told her what I thought and she didn't think I was going through menopause. She run thyroid test as well as menopausal test. Of course it came back positive for menopause. I took hormones to help the hot flashes and nothing worked for one reason or another. At this time I am taking birth control which makes me more regular. I am to the point that I only have 2 to 3 days of a light period. If I was you, I would go to my Dr. and ask lots of questions. I would make sure they cancel out thyroid or any other problems as well as menopause, your FSH level. It may just be stress or anxiety. Doesn't hurt for a good check-up. God Bless and I will be praying for you. Hope you are not having to deal with the terrible hot-flashes.

Norma - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hi Vicky I have found that a wee bit of honey in my tea with cinnamon can relieve alot of symtoms for you try it ... it worked for me well... and hey it can't hurt ya either so nothing to lose...

Vicky - posted on 10/20/2009

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I am 49 and have been having signs of menopause for the past 5 years, heavy periods, skipped periods, this summer I had crashing fatigue and aches in my arms and shoulders, my Dr, told me this is normal I am just experiencing several symptoms of menopause. I tried Soy and Black Cohosh, with the result of migraine headaches.I have hot flashes and night sweats. I feel if a woman can survive menopause she can get through anything.

Norma - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hi I am 52 and have been going through it for a number of years now...no more periods yay LOL I did go through having a polyp just a few months ago that was removed when I had a biopsy and turned out no cancer at all whew! Anyhow I think I am through the worst symtoms of it hot flashes and such although I can get bitchy at times especially if I have the flu bug or anything other than that I think I can now say I am through it all. MIne started at about 48 years old my mom was the same... wishing you all an easy menopausal time and many Blessings... Norma J

Mary - posted on 10/20/2009

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It is nice knowing there are so many going through the same things it makes life a little less crazy

Kim - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hi, I am 42 and I believe I am perimenopausal. My doctor told me it could last 10 years so buckle down and get ready! : ) I have hot flashes, moodiness and memory loss but I figured that was all a part of being a Mom. ; ) I don't look forward to 10 years of this but it is what it is and so I just need to deal with it and hope it doesn't last that long...much luck and support to all those going through it! Hang in there!

Robin - posted on 10/19/2009

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when i was around 38 my cycvle got out of control. there was nothing regular about it. i went to my doc. and talked with her about it and she told me that a woman can become premenapausal from the age of 37 on. so you could very well be intering early memapause...

Melanie - posted on 10/19/2009

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im going to be 47 and have had a hysterectomy 5 yrs ago, so no monthly for me. my doc says im probably starting but i dont have the hot flashes. Just the moodiness at times lol. My kids are 19 17 and 16. Im working full time and i notice my energy levels are down. so i am going to start taking vitamins. Took the hormonal for several yrs and doc said didnt need them anymore. If i start the hot flashes can i use that as an excuse to kill? lol. jk. but it has been interesting. My mother was hormonal for years. she went through it for about 10 yrs and never found her happy place so i make sure i have one. I do know i need time for me now more so than when i was younger. Hope this helps someone.

Lynn - posted on 10/18/2009

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The time for menopause depends on the individual. I started experiencing perimenopause at 38 years old, and was completely done at 45 years. Went through the hot flashes, moodiness, etc....Went to my Dr. with my concerns and took a blood test for it. He was very informative in describing what I was going to go through. You may want to do the same and discuss your concerns with him or her; and can also help you control some of the symptoms with medications if needed. Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 10/18/2009

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Hello, I went through premature menopause which started at the age of 29 and by the time I was 34, I was completely through. At first the doctor thought that my hormones were off balance and prescribed medication. When that didn't work it was determined that I was truly going through menopause. I am now on a hormone patch that controls the hot flashes and mood swings and I'm doing just fine. I did a single parent adoption at the ripe old age of 47, he is now 4 years old and in pre- K. Ask your doctor to check and see if your hormone's are off balance and if so to give you something to help all those very irritating systoms. In the mean time just try to get through it all as best you can. Believe me I know just exactly what you are going through. I will pray that everything goes well for you. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

Bertha - posted on 10/18/2009

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I AM 49 I STILL HAVEN'T WENT THOUGH MENOPAUSE SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ALSO THE DOCTORS SAID I HAVENT EVEN STARTED MS.DIANA

Iris - posted on 10/18/2009

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MY DOCTOR TOLD ME A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO MENOPAUSE COULD BEGIN BETWEEN 45 TO 50 YRS. OLD & CAN LAST FOR UP TO 10 YRS. AND IT CAN DEPEND ON YOUR HORMONES TOO. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR....

Susan - posted on 10/17/2009

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Im 47 Im still in the pre phase, it has lasted 2 yrs now. Didnt have my monthly for the whole summer but had hot flashes. In the winter it would come back. Right now Im going on two months wothout my period. My doctor said this is normal and not to worrie. Oh and when I do have my monthly the flow is very heavy, very heavy. I think the age thing is hereditary. My mom went through it early

Jacque - posted on 10/16/2009

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I'm 48 and not menopausal, but have been rather irregular since a troubled pregnancy. A good friend of mine is now 52 and just going through it and my sis at 51 is pre...In my case I believe it to be true after a double bypass which threw my body off. My hot flashes was high BP. Anyways I wish I could be more help. Good luck.

Cecelia - posted on 10/16/2009

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I agree with Joan. It does depend on the woman and her genetic makeup. I think I've been perimenopausal since my early 40s (and I have two kids that I birthed at the age of 41 and 42)! I've had hot flashes on and off for 5 years now. I went to my GYN who did tests which resulted in several false/positive results (meaning that one test said I was menopausal and the other said no). I'm told that it could last quite a number of years (8+). A book was recommended to me (and I lost the title) on menopause. If I find it, I'll post it here. Make sure you get enough calcium in your diet to prevent osteoporosis. I did try hormone therapy, but it didn't work for me. I felt horrible when using them. So, I stopped altogether (with my GYN's approval). Hope this helps!

Joan - posted on 10/16/2009

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There is no real ideal age. It just depends on you and your hormones and perhaps when your mom started menopause. I am 47 and still have not experienced menopause. But my neighbor is 36 and going through it. Just watch your periods and see if they start to decrease in length and blood flow. It might be time for you to have a check up anyway. You know the dreaded pap smear and mamogram. You can talk to your doc about it then and have them draw blood to check all your levels. Good Luck

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