When Will Menopause Happen? by Dr. Pamela Dee^

Dr. Pamela Dee, OB/GYN, is a paid spokesperson for Estroven®. The information provided herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to replace professional medical care. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new medication or dietary supplement. The opinions stated herein are those solely of the writer and do not portray the opinions of the Estroven®brand, i- Health, Inc., or DSM.

Dr. Pamela Dee^ (Dr. Pam) is America’s leading menopause expert & OB/GYN, and she is on a mission to encourage honest dialogue about the physical and emotional symptoms that accompany menopause. Her goal is to de-stigmatize menopause and start the “Menopause Romance Revolution.” Her film, LOVE, SWEAT & TEARS shares an empowering message of hope and action. Dr. Pam^ won’t rest until every woman knows the truth about menopause, that there is hope and that the third part of a woman’s life can be the best and most romantic.

When you look back and realize that it has been a year since your last menstrual period, you can officially say that you have entered menopause. From now on, you will be a “menopausal woman.” It is normal to start the transition, which takes an average of four years,1 anywhere from age 40 to 55, with the average age of entering perimenopause being 47. However, the ages women enter menopause resemble a “bell-shaped curve,” with the mid-point being 51.4 years old. Symptoms begin at different times for every woman and may be anywhere from 40 to 62 years old. Menopause is experienced differently for every woman, similar to the age puberty begins for young girls.

Sometimes menopause can be accelerated by medical conditions or procedures. For example, a woman undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy might find that these therapies damage her ovaries and make them fail more quickly. When a menstruating woman has her ovaries removed during a surgery, such as a hysterectomy, she will wake up from anesthesia and be immediately menopausal. These examples are referred to as “induced menopause” because the medical procedure performed causes or induces the menopausal state. Some women prior to age 40 will have spontaneous and rapid failure of their ovaries. This might be due to an auto-immune disorder or genetic predisposition to early menopause and is called primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Smoking cigarettes has also been shown to be a factor in causing an earlier menopausal transition.

By the time that your period has stopped for good, it’s likely that you (or perhaps your family, friends or co-workers) have noticed other signs of the menopausal transition. These signs include irregular and heavy menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, weight change, vaginal dryness and maybe even joint pain.

When it comes to hot flashes, night sweats and weight change, I recommend Estroven®Perimenopause/Menopause Support + Weight Management . It’s formulated with Black Cohosh extract and Soy Isoflavones to help manage hot flashes and night sweats, and Synetrim® CQ to help manage weight change in the beginning of menopause.* This may be all that you need or you might need to try other alternatives. I always recommend speaking with your healthcare provider to discuss starting a new supplement and other options.

^Dr. Pamela Dee is a paid spokeswoman for Estroven®.
Estroven® is a trademark of DSM.
Synetrim® CQ is a trademark of Icon Group, LLC and is protected under U.S. patent 7,175,859.

1Harlow SD, Gass M, Hall JE, et al. Executive Summary of the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop + 10: Addressing the Unfinished Agenda of Staging Reproductive Aging. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2012. 97: 1159