Menopause is a normal biological event that marks the end of your reproductive years as a woman. It is the point whenmenstruation stops permanently. For most women, this does not happen overnight. Perimenopause is the transition periodwhen your ovaries stop producing eggs, your body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes lessfrequent, eventually stopping altogether. This transitional phase generally lasts from 1 to 3 years but may be as longas 4 to 5 years.
Today, an estimated 50 million women in the United States have reached menopause and most women will spend at leastone-third of their lives in or beyond menopause. Given these statistics, the symptoms and health risks associated withthis phase of your life take on more significance than ever before.
The menopause assessment is designed to help you determine if you are menopausal or perimenopausal.If you are in eitherof these stages, this assessment will make practical suggestions for how to handle your symptoms and reduce the healthrisks associated with menopause.
|Reviewed By:||Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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