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How long does the menopause last?

Written by Emma Thompson - February 07, 2023

How Long Does Menopause Last?

Menopause is the natural transition of female fertility, marking the end of menstruation and reproduction. The average length of menopause is four years, and it typically occurs between the ages of 45-55. However, menopause can last up to 12 years, depending on a woman’s individual circumstances.

The period before menopause, known as perimenopause, can also last for several years. During this time women may experience physical and emotional changes in their bodies due to decreasing estrogen levels. During perimenopause women often have irregular menstrual cycles and hot flashes; during this time they are still able to conceive children.

Once a woman has gone twelve months without experiencing a menstrual cycle she is considered post-menopausal. After this stage there are no further hormone fluctuations within her body that affect fertility or hot flashes. Post-menopausal women often experience other changes such as dry skin, vaginal dryness, increased risk of certain diseases such as osteoporosis and heart disease, diminished sex drive or sensitivity in some areas etc.

Treatment Options:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): This may be used to treat bothersome symptoms associated with menopause such as hot flashes and insomnia. It can also help reduce the risk of osteoporosis by replenishing declining hormone levels in the body.
  • Non-hormonal medications: There are some over the counter medications available which can help manage hot flash frequency and severity when prescribed by your doctor
  • Lifestyle Changes: Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet can help reduce some symptoms of menopause while increasing longevity

At HGH Pro clinic we specialize in helping women understand their changing hormone levels through advanced lab tests that measure all aspects of hormones throughout menopause transition along with treatments tailored to each individuals needs. Our experienced specialist will work with you to create an individualized plan for your long term health and well being so you can feel like yourself again even during this trying time! Contact us today to learn more about our services!

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