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Some of life’s milestones are age-specific. At 16, we learn to drive. At 18, we’re granted the right to vote. At 21, we can start toasting to milestones with a glass of champagne. But others happen in their own time, like when you get your first job promotion, or when you fall in love. Menopause falls into this second category.
There’s no way to know the exact age at which you’ll enter menopause. Women are encouraged to look to when their mothers entered menopause for an idea of when it will happen to them. While this can be a helpful gauge, there are factors other than genetics that can influence your unique timeline, like your weight and whether or not you’re a smoker.
So how do you know when you’ve entered menopause? Take a deep breath. Ask yourself the following questions.
Are my periods becoming less regular?
The conventional wisdom goes: menopause begins when you’ve gone 12 months without a period. That’s true. But what about the months or years leading up to that, when your menstrual cycle becomes less regular? That could be a sign you are premenopausal, or “before menopause.” Perimenopause (or “around menopause”) usually occurs in your early-to-mid forties and due to the hormonal changes your body is going through, you may begin to experience certain menopause symptoms at this time.
Am I experiencing hot flashes or night sweats?
For many women, hot flashes are synonymous with menopause. They can also occur during perimenopause—so they may indicate that the official start of menopause is right around the corner.1
Am I breaking out?
Acne is a hallmark of puberty, but it can make a dramatic resurgence during menopause. Changing hormone levels can trigger skin outbreaks that take you back to your awkward middle school days.2
Am I going through weight changes?
During menopause, weight management takes more effort. It’s a frustrating side effect for many women. Because of hormonal fluctuations, your body tends to store fat rather than burn calories.3 Like hot flashes, these weight changes can begin during perimenopause.
Am I feeling annoyed more often?
It’s not uncommon to find yourself feeling irritated during menopause. The culprit? Like the aforementioned menopause symptoms, occasional moodiness can be attributed to changing hormonal levels.4 During menopause, estrogen levels decline, leading to some of the emotional changes that you may experience.
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Did you answer yes to any of these questions? Then you may be in menopause. Even if you’re not going through menopause yet, you could be in perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause. That’s where Estroven® comes in. With a full line of products, Estroven® is specially formulated to address some of the most bothersome menopause symptoms, from hot flashes to night sweats to weight changes to occasional irritability.* Find the product best suited to your needs by trying our symptom checker here.