We understand that menopause may be a confusing and exhausting time. Your body is going through different changes and you might not understand all of them, or why they are happening. It is important to remember that you are not alone. A lot of your friends are probably experiencing a similar feeling, so it’s a good idea to talk to them about it.

We have put together a great list of some commonly asked questions about menopause and everything that comes with it. We aren’t outlining how to fix it at the moment – as it’s more complex than just “have 8 hours of sleep, don’t drink and remove stress from your life”. But understand that these come from changes in your hormones, your genetics, what you’re eating, your stress levels, lifestyle and your exercise. To help you get some symptoms under control we have an app fo that.

What is Menopause?

Simply put, technically menopause is your last menstrual period. Your last period can be confirmed if you haven’t had one for 12 months. We have a longer explanation here 

What is Perimenopause?

This is the time leading up to Menopause. Perimenopause is where you will experience some (or all) of the different signs, including hot flushes/flashes and mood swings. It is often confused with menopause itself. Find out more about it here 

What is Postmenopause?

Postmenopause is all of the time after your last menstrual period, including both the first 12 months and beyond. Find out more about it here 

Aren’t Perimenopause, Menopause and Postmenopause the same thing?

Sort of. They are different but it all gets shorthanded to the one term of “menopause”

So, what are the stages of Menopause?

In total there are 3 stages – perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause. You can read more about the 3 stages and what to expect from them, here

What is Early Menopause?

Early menopause is where you go through the menopause between the ages of 40-45 years old. Premature menopause is the term for going through menopause under the age of 40. 

What is Premature Menopause?

Answer – Sadly, sometimes we will never know the answer to this. What we do know is that there are 3 potential factors which may lead to an early or premature menopause. These are genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors. Read more about Early and Premature Menopause in our blog 

What are the signs of Menopause?

A lot of the signs of menopause are vague and can be put down to just what’s going on in your life. You may have heard of some of the most commonly talked about signs leading up to menopause including include hot flashes/flushes, night sweats and mood swings. But there are a whole lot more that we don’t talk about or don’t realise is a sign of menopause. Read more about them here 

How is Menopause confirmed?

If you are 45 years old or older, the signs of menopause including hot flashes/flushes and irregular periods are enough to determine that you are in the perimenopause stage. If you are younger than 45 and are experiencing these signs, you might have to visit the doctor and have a few blood tests. The actual confirmation of menopause is one year to the day of your last menstrual period.

What causes Menopause?

Menopause is just a natural process of ageing and will happen to every woman at some point in their lives. The average age to go through natural menopause is 51 years old. Sometimes menopause can be brought on earlier by genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors. Early menopause can also happen due to other causes, including cancer treatments or certain surgical treatments. 

Can menopause be reversed/treated?

There is no reversal for menopause. It is important to remember that this is a natural process that will eventually happen to every women. There are a number of ways to ease the symptoms of menopause which we will go through in due course but in the meantime check out Clarity in the iTunes and Google Play App stores. (LINK to app)

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