Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

When Does Menopause Start?

Demystifying Menopause: When it Starts and How to Thrive at Bloom Women's Health

Wondering “when does menopause start”? You’re not alone! Menopause, a natural transition marking the end of menstruation, can bring a wave of changes. At Bloom Women’s Health, we understand the questions and concerns you may have. Let’s navigate this journey together!

Understanding Menopause: The Onset and What to Expect

Menopause typically arrives between 45 and 55, although individual experiences can vary. Genetics, lifestyle, and overall health can all influence when menopause begins. Here’s a breakdown of common experiences across different age groups:

  • 40s: This is when perimenopause, the transitional phase leading up to menopause, often starts. Irregular periods, mood swings, and changes in libido are some early signs.
  • 50s: Hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness might become more frequent during this decade.
  • 60s and beyond: Symptoms may persist but often lessen in intensity.

Recognizing Perimenopause: The Fluctuating Years

Perimenopause is characterized by hormonal fluctuations that can cause changes like:

  • Irregular periods: Your periods may become lighter, heavier, or skip altogether.
  • Mood swings: You might experience irritability, anxiety, or difficulty concentrating.
  • Changes in libido: Your sex drive may fluctuate.

Remember, perimenopause isn’t menopause itself. Periods may still occur, although less frequently.

Your Partner in Navigating Menopause

If you’re experiencing menopause symptoms, Bloom Women’s Health is here to guide you. Our team can help you:

  • Understand your unique journey: We’ll explore the timing and symptoms you’re experiencing.
  • Manage your symptoms: From lifestyle changes to hormone replacement therapy, we’ll discuss personalized options.
  • Prioritize your well-being: We’ll address emotional well-being and connect you with support resources.

Don't Wait to Seek Help

While most menopause symptoms are manageable, certain situations require immediate medical attention:

  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Sudden, severe headaches

Embrace This Chapter with Bloom Women's Health

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life. By understanding the onset and symptoms, you can navigate this transition with confidence. Contact Bloom Women’s Health today and let’s explore how we can empower you to thrive throughout menopause and beyond.