Long Does Menopause Last?
How long does
Menopause is defined as the time when women stops having menstruation.
This condition is not considered to be a disease but is a natural
result of aging.
At this stage, the female no longer have periods or get
The ovaries shut down and no longer releases eggs or the female hormone
estrogen and progesterone.
When women ask how long does it lasts, they are actually
referring to perimenopause (also called premenopause), the time before
menopause sets in. It can
last from 2 years up to 10 years and during this time, women experience
The average age of menopause is around 51. Women can experience
perimenopause starting from mid-thirties to early fifties although
mid-forties are more common. How early a women experience menopause
symptoms depends on health, family history, body type and lifestyle.
Typically, women can expect to experience perimenopause similar in age
to when their sister or mother experience it. Female who smoke can
expect to have earlier menopause.
In getting the definitive to the question "How long does it
last?" the answer would have to be between 2 and 10 years. Moreover,
experiencing menopause at an earlier age does not mean they will stop
having menstruation ealier.
There are far too many unknown variables to
be able to pin-point the exact length of time of menopause.
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