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The Menopause Experience can vary from woman to woman

Click to read about menopause 

MENOPAUSE – natural menopause is the transition between perimenopause and postmenopause, the entire process culminating with cessation of the menses, generally around age 50

Click to read about perimenopause, also known as pre-menopause 

PERIMENOPAUSE – the phase before menopause actually takes place, when ovarian hormone production is declining and fluctuating; can begin anytime between ages 35-45

Here are the 35 common symptoms 

THE 35 SYMPTOMS – common symptoms that occur during perimenopause and menopause

Read how surgical intervention causes menopause 

PREMATURE / SURGICAL MENOPAUSE – menstruation ceases as the result of surgical intervention, namely a hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy (both ovaries are removed) or due to medical intervention to treat cancer which causes women to go into temporary or permanent menopause

Click to learn about postmenopause 

POSTMENOPAUSEwhen menstruation has ceased (usually not official until 12 months without periods), occurring at the average age of 52

Click to learn about postmenopause 

PERSONAL STORIES - Want a laugh? Need a cry? Just curious? You'll want to see what's happened with other women who share their stories

















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