Perimenopause usually begins in the early to mid-40s. Some people even begin perimenopause earlier, due to premature ovarian insufficiency or medical treatments such as chemotherapy or surgical oophorectomy (ovary removal).
It is estimated more than one-third of women seek complementary or alternative medicines to manage menopausal symptoms. But do they work? Or are they a waste of time and considerable amounts of money?
When it comes to menopause and weight, it’s weight redistribution – not weight gain – that is actually a symptom. Research has confirmed menopause is linked to an increase in belly fat but not an increase in overall weight.
Around 10% of women – including many who believe they have the prospect having children ahead of them – are suddenly told they are at the end of their fertile life, and at greater risk of diseases normally associated with middle age.
For nearly two-thirds of women, menopause comes with an undesirable change in memory.
The point of ovulation to make the body ready for pregnancy, but if a woman is not having any sex, what’s the point of investing energy into ovulation?
A fortunate few have minimal symptoms, but at least three-quarters of women will have some symptoms. One-third are moderately to severely affected.
On average perimenopause lasts for three to four years, usually starting in the mid to late 40s. But for some women it can start as early as the mid-30s.
A UK company is offering women a procedure it says can delay menopause up to 20 years and allow women to delay having babies.
But don’t get too excited.