What Is Menopause and What Are My Treatment Options?
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she naturally stops menstruating, her ovaries have stopped producing estrogen. The average age at which a woman reaches menopause is 51 years. In the years leading up to menopause, called perimenopause, the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries will start to fluctuate, usually beginning in a woman’s 40s. This fluctuation commonly results in changes in her menstrual cycle where cycles may become longer or shorter than usual and some periods may be missed altogether. You may notice that your flow becomes lighter or heavier and although these changes are normal during perimenopause, you should still report them to your OBGYN in case they need to address problems of abnormal bleeding.