Menopause is a normal biological event that marks the end of your reproductive years as a woman. It is the point when menstruation stops permanently. For most women, this does not happen overnight. Perimenopause is the transition period when your ovaries stop producing eggs, your body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. This transitional phase can last about 4 to 8 years.
About 6000 women in the United States reach menopause every day and most women will spend at least 40% of their lives postmenopausal. Given these statistics, the symptoms and health risks associated with this 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 either of these stages, this assessment will make practical suggestions for how to handle your symptoms and reduce the health risks associated with menopause.
|Reviewed By:||Steven Rapaport, MD, American Board of Internal Medicine Certified, Primary care physician, Meuchedet Health Plan, Tel Aviv, Israel. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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