Updated: Sep 20, 2019
Join a conversation with women in their 50s and invariably the conversation will turn to menopause.
“These hot flashes are killing me!” someone will exclaim, fanning themselves.
“I can’t sleep anymore,” someone else will say. “My mind just races, then I feel itchy all over.”
Menopause occurs when your body ceases ovulating and menstruating, which typically happens around age 51. A woman is considered to be in menopause when it’s been twelve months since her last period. However the transition into menopause is a lengthy process that can take up to ten years to move through.
During the transition period into menopause, known as perimenopause, most women will start to experience uncomfortable symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, night sweats, anxiety, dry or itchy skin, heavy or irregular periods, insomnia, loss of bone density and more.