Menopause marks the date of a woman’s last period that usually occurs between
the age of 48 and 52; however, menopause can occur in some women as early as
their late 30s or as late as their mid-50s. There are four stages of menopause.
Pre-menopausal stage is marked by months or years of irregular cycles. These
irregular cycles occur before a woman has her final menstrual period.
This stage is named perimenopause. During perimenopause, a woman will
experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness and have erratic periods.
Menopause is marked by the woman’s final menstrual cycle. She may not be
certain that it was her final period until a year later when she can confirm that she
is not simply irregular.
Postmenopause is the period of life following menopause.
A woman should continue regular visits with her OB/GYN during these stages of her life in
order maintain her physical and mental well being. Your physician will monitor necessary
mammogram and pap spear check-ups.