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What is difference between menopause and postmenopause?

Written by Richard Johnson - February 03, 2023

What is the Difference Between Menopause and Postmenopause?

Menopause and postmenopause are two distinct periods of a woman's life. While menopause marks the end of female fertility, postmenopause marks the start of a new phase in a woman's life characterized by physical and emotional changes that can last for years.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a natural transition in every woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing eggs, her body produces less estrogen, and she stops having menstrual cycles. Situated around age 40-60, menopause typically signals an end to regular monthly periods and the reduction of chances of becoming pregnant.

Some common signs of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain or loss

Medically speaking, menopausal symptoms may vary from person to person and can last anywhere from months to years. In some cases, hormone therapy or other medication may be recommended to reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause.

What is Postmenopause?

Postmenopause is defined as the period after menopausal symptoms have ended for 12 consecutive months without any hormonal treatment (like hormone replacement therapy). It usually starts at age 50-60 and lasts until death. After this stage, women remain relatively hormone stable but still experience physical and emotional changes related to aging like bone density loss, wrinkles and an increased risk for heart disease, cancer and osteoarthritis.

During postmenopause many women report feeling more emotionally balanced than during pre- or perimenopausal stages; however it is important to remember that all women experience these stages differently. Therefore it is important talk to your doctor about any health risks or concerns you may have so that they can prescribe appropriate treatments if needed.

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