What Is Average Age For Menopause

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  1. QUESTION:
    On average what age do women start menopause ?
    My friend and I were wondering on average what age do you start menopause.

    Also, if you start your period at a later age (eg17 compared to 10) does that mean you start menopause later?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause isn't the sudden stopping of your periods. For most women, it's a gradual happening called "perimenopause" http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/perimenopause/DS00554, then "menopause" is defined as having gone a year without periods.

      Some women in perimenopause don't reven realize what's happening. It often starts happening in the 40's. Periods will get longer or shorter, or heavier or lighter, or more/less often, as hormones start declining.

      Perimenopause can be triggered by running out of usable eggs in your ovaries. Before a baby girl is born, she can have millions of eggs in her ovaries. At birth, she may have 400,000-500,000 eggs. Most of these die; some are ovulated (released from the ovaries). So it can be true that later menarche (first period) can result in later menopause.

      My own perimenopause started at age 38, and now at 47 I'm in true menopause.

  2. QUESTION:
    How difficult would it be to get pregnant as a thirtysomething?
    My ob-gyn told me today that my age (mid 30's) was nothing to worry about in regards to being fertile and that the average age of menopause was 51. She didn't endorse me getting the ovarian reserve test (to test how many eggs I have left). How difficult would it be to get pregnant as a thirtysomething year old woman? I want to know if I should relax or start planning. Thanks for your advice!

    • ANSWER:
      I've known lots of people pregnant in their 30s. And some have to keep trying, and trying. Some resort to spending all of their money on medical treatments, when they could just adopt. If it's something you want, give it a whirl, but keep your wits about you..

  3. QUESTION:
    I have mosaic turner's syndrome will i have premature menopause?
    I have mosaic turner's syndrome. I have gone through puberty and I have a period without the aid of hormones. My question is will I go through premature menopause and what is the average age of menopause for turner's women who are fertile?

    • ANSWER:
      My understanding is, yes, women with mosaic Turner's who menstruate on their own usually do so only for a relatively short time and then go through premature menopause. I can't answer your question about the average age; I would talk to your doctor about it.

  4. QUESTION:
    How much, in a percentage, do menstrual periods take up of female life?
    Hi
    me and my mum were working out how much of our lives were spent on our periods, my mum is 38 and she started when she was 16 and we worked it out and she spent something crazy like 6 years on her period! i started when i was 10 and i am 15 now, so ive had nearly 60 periods in that time. i was wondering, from the average age of menstruation to the average age of menopause, how many years, would a woman spend on her period? or as a percentage.

    thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      The average age is between 14 - 50. That's 36 years. The average woman has 13 periods per year lasting an average of 5 days. That's 65 days per year. 65 days times 36 years is... 2,340 days. Which is 6.41 years.

      Your mom's math is off. Or mine is...

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the average age for women till she can be a mother?
    I am planning to get married. Her age is about 31 or 32. I am 27/28. I am just curious, till what age a woman can give birth to child. What is the average age for this. Is 31 or 32 years old is very late or its ok?

    Looking for answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Avg age - that they can still be a mother - 51. That is the avg menopause age. But with todays advancements, even menopausal woman can have children. I had my first at 37 and am now pg at 40. I feel great!

  6. QUESTION:
    Can a woman who gave birth just before menopause continue breastfeeding after menop. or does milk prod cease?
    So I was just wondering... I know the average age for women to begin menopause is aroung 50 years old. Women are having babies at an older age lately and I was wondering if the menopause factor affects breastmilk production? If a woman is breastfeeding will it delay her menopause onset? If she delivers a baby and is breastfeeding will her milk production cease at menopause? Just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several factors to consider in this situation. First, menopause is an event that happens gradually - the hormones that are involved do not start and stop suddenly. Secondly, milk is produced on a "supply and demand" basis, and *most* women will produce enough milk for their infant(s) provided they are nursing on demand - that is, nursing as often as the baby(ies) cue to be fed and without any supplementation of formula. For the 3% of women who are medically unable to produce enough milk for their infants (due to conditions such as poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disorders, or perhaps even menopause), there are often safe medications that can be taken to help boost milk production.

      Would breastfeeding delay the onset of menopause? Possibly. The progesterone and oxytocin levels present in breastfeeding mothers could definitely have that effect. This would make a fascinating study!

      And remember - even if a mother, in menopause or not, is finding it difficult to sustain a full milk supply even after seeing a lactation specialist and attempting to boost her supply, SOME breastmilk is always healthier for her infant(s) than NO breastmilk! She should feel proud to provide that head start to her children!

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the average age for menopause and how long does it last for?
    How old do women get it at, on average?
    What are all the symptoms?
    How long a day do they have it?
    How many days a month?
    How many years does this last for?

    THANKS! :o)

    • ANSWER:
      Around the age of 50 is normal but this age can vary a lot. and you ask How long does it go on for , well menopause is the cessation of periods. so it last for ever but the symptons vary. you can get hot sweats for many months and for some people the sweats go on for years and usually at night time. But really your child bearing days are over after you have had your last period and it is great not to have to put up with them any more. some peoples last one can be very heavy or sometimes they may be light before they have finished completely also you could go for several months without having one

  8. QUESTION:
    What do you think are the factors contributing to the lower ages in onset of menstruation in young girls?
    I have read the the average age of the start of menstruation has dropped any where from 2 - 4 years in the western world in the last decade or so.

    What is causing this and what will be the long term consequences for this generation of women?

    • ANSWER:
      growth hormones in the products we eat. the fact that we have so much to eat. possibly a better diet than our mothers and grandmothers had. also, a lot of the hair products and bath products have hormones in them( lavendar oils). i remember watching the news and little boys were developing breasts because of the shampoos and bath soaps being used.

      long term consequences- women are waiting longer to get married and having careers come first. if they are menstruating sooner, they will most likely also go through menopause earlier. i think some women may miss the boat and lose out on having children. we'll have 40 year olds walking around with mustaches. yikes. that mayb a bit extreme. young women may start marrying young again to balance out the difference. i don't actually know. good question though. something to think about.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the average age for menopause in India?
    Is it possible that a girl around 32 - 33 is in menopause? And what about a 38 girl?

    • ANSWER:
      Minimum is 40 years. But it can occur any time without warning.
      U can meet a Gynecologist and discuss.

  10. QUESTION:
    Extreme hot flashes during menstrual period?
    I am having extreme hot flashes during my menstrual period. I feel like I'm in an oven. I've searched online, but not much is coming up other than early menopause, but I'm only 23, even though the average age for premature menopause is 27. Does anyone else experience this?

    • ANSWER:
      ive been having the same thing for years im 18. im going to the doc. next week. you should go to.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the average age for women to start menopause?
    I am 32 and have been having night sweats and very moody. It just started about 1 month ago. Is this the begining of menopause ? I have a doctors app. next week. I am just woundering if I might begining the early signs of it.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't really think there is an average age. I always thought late 40's early 50's but I was proven wrong. I'm only 38 and I've been suffering on and off for a year. The only good side to this is no more periods!. I asked my mom at what age she went into menopause and she said it never happened to her! I also know someone in their late 20's who has it. Check with your doctor first before coming to any conclusions yourself. It could be a sign of something else. A gynocologists would be able to tell you for sure. Good luck and good health.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the typical signs of menopause?
    I'm 45...shouldn't I be showing signs by now? I'm not. I can't ask my mother because she had a hysterectomy at 36, and my grandmother is dead. There's no one else in my family to ask about the average age for our family, but it seems like I ought to be showing symptoms by now!

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't start going thru menopause until they are in their fifties. Some of the most common symptoms are
      Changes in your menstrual cycle - i.e., longer or shorter periods, heavier or lighter periods, or missed periods
      Hot flashes (power surges -- sudden rush of heat from your chest to your head)
      Palpitations, skipped heartbeats
      Internal shaking / tremor-like feelings
      Night sweats
      Vaginal dryness
      Dry skin and skin changes

      You may be one of the lucky ones that will breeze right through it.

  13. QUESTION:
    About what age do most womens sex drives start to drop off?
    I know it's different for every woman, there are frigid 29yo's and horn dog 75yo's, but just in general, on average, about what age does it naturally start to drop off for most women?
    Also, please don't say that it doesn't, because the amount of frigid older women is exponentially higher than when comparing older men to younger men. That is an indisputable fact.

    • ANSWER:
      Around menopause, women begin to lose some sex drive.
      The hormonal shifts, imbalances, and fluctuations in menopause may cause all the following: weight gain, night sweats, insomnia, thinning hair brittle nails, hot flashes, mood swings, lack of energy, forgetfulness, dryness, loss of sex drive.

  14. QUESTION:
    What age does the menopause start for a women? My period hasn't stopped for 2 months?
    im 50 years old, and i am getting irregular periods. My period hasn't stopped for 2 months. its been on off and on off. is this regular? is this a sign of periods for me about to end permanently for my entire life? is this a menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor. You're probably bleeding either due to a problem, or else you are perimenopausal. This is the time before menopause when you have irregular hormones and irregular periods as your ovaries sputter and stop working. Average age of menopause is 51, so you're likely right on target. Yet you ALWAYS have to get something checked out when you have weird bleeding like that.

  15. QUESTION:
    At what age do a woman start menopause?
    I am 45 years old and my breast are very sore I know that I'm not preg. my tubes are tied. but I would like to know at what age does menopause start.

    • ANSWER:
      Average age 51. Women with tubes tied go through it 2 yrs earlier on average, so 49. Before menopause, you have several years of fluctuating hormones. So you're on target.

  16. QUESTION:
    Do girls periods go the same as their mother? First one to menopause ?
    My mom had her first period at 13 and I had it at 12 and a half, my mom is 54 and still no signs of stopping even the doctor is surprised because she's in the average age. Lol I just thought I would be free of it by that time... There no way to look at her family history since she was adopted.. Are periods genetic in that aspect?

    • ANSWER:
      No. everyones body is different, including you and your mothers.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do girls periods go the same as their mother? First one to menopause ?
    My mom had her first period at 13 and I had it at 12 and a half, my mom is 54 and still no signs of stopping even the doctor is surprised because she's in the average age. Lol I just thought I would be free of it by that time... There no way to look at her family history since she was adopted.. Are periods genetic in that aspect?

    • ANSWER:
      My gyno told me no.

      I asked as my mom and grandmother had some severe problems.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the OLDEST a female can have intercourse??
    I have heard that at around 60, it gets dry and they can do it anymore? Is this correct? What is an average age that females stop having sex? I am looking for an age range.
    maybe I should add...and have sex be enjoyable. Dont you think they would lose feeling down there at around age 80?

    • ANSWER:
      From my understanding women can always have sex. If the vagina gets dry as you say, you can always use lubrication like KY. However, women stop producing eggs at the start of menopause (avg age 65)

  19. QUESTION:
    Does the number of children one has have anything to do with what age the menopause begins?
    I've had 7 kids, the last one at age 39. I am 43 now and in the last year I've had only 5 periods and I'm experiencing other symptoms as well only isnt 43 too young?

    • ANSWER:
      nothing to do with how many children you've had...you are "perimenopausal" and that is when you have the most symptoms...but you prolly won't stop having periods all together for a while.....you are the right age for perimenopause...it can last for several years....the average age of actual menopause (not having a period for a year) is 51.5 years.

  20. QUESTION:
    When did humans stop forcing hysterectomies on women who acted unladylike?
    I know the middle eastern countries still force hysterectomies on women who dont follow societys' norms. But when did europeans stop doing this? I know that up until a certain point a womans male guardian could force a hysterectomy on her if she was opinionated, interested in the work of men, not interested in "womens work," playing like a child when she was deemed to old for anything other than learning to be a wife and mother (an average age of about 8) etc... But i cant find anything on when this became outlawed

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomies cause early menopause which make women LESS inclined to want to be mothers and wives.

      OmG for some reason when I read your question I thought you were a sexist troll "hilariously" advocating for hysterectomies. I don't know a true answer to you question I tried google but the closest I've come to an answer was that hysterectomies as treatment for hysteria was a practice of the 19th century. There was a movie about it recently if you're interested. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1435513/

  21. QUESTION:
    What happens to a women after menopause?
    What happens to all your eggs? Do you still have eggs after menopause that just sit there? If so, would the eggs have a better chance of being fertilized and living if they put them in a younger women? What if people young or old freeze eggs, dose it make the eggs more fragile? I have been to shame to ask this question for a long time now, because i went through sex ed and still don't know lol. By the way am 17 and just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause happens when all of your eggs are gone. So no, after menopause, there aren't any more eggs. And even before menopause, your eggs are old and fragile and you can't freeze them or do other things to them, because they're too delicate. When they do test tube baby stuff, they can only use the eggs of a younger woman (less than 42 or so) because even though average age of menopause is 51, the eggs get so fragile and weak when you are in your 40s that they just fall apart under the manipulations they go through to make test tube babies. Instead, for older women, they use eggs donated from a young woman, because young eggs are stronger and more durable.

  22. QUESTION:
    Whats the average age for the menopause to start in the US and UK?

    Anonymous - Yes, I'm not saying its different. Just want to know the average age.

    • ANSWER:
      Women who start early may begin experiencing symptoms of peri-menopause as early as their late 40's. The majority of women start peri-menopause during their 50's. Then of course we have the late bloomers who may continue menstruating into their sixties. Most women have reached the post menopausal state of things by the time they turn 70.
      This is of course generally speaking, for the women of the USA / UK and more pointedly caucasians. For example : women of southeast asian descent tend to live longer, and that may affect the different developmental aspects of their lives regardless of where they live. I'm not certain though as I am not a doctor.
      I did watch my own mother go through menopause while I was growing up. (She didn't have me until she was in her early forties.)

  23. QUESTION:
    At what age is common for menopause?
    I have not had a period for 1 year straight, have anxiety attacks, panic attacks, depression , and all of the flushes. Was wondering what age menopause hits? I am only 45.

    • ANSWER:
      This time of change, called perimenopause by many women and their doctors, often begins several years before your last menstrual period. It lasts for 1 year after your last period, the point in time known as menopause. A full year without a period is needed before you can say you have been “through menopause.” Postmenopause follows menopause and lasts the rest of your life.
      Menopause doesn’t usually happen before you are 40, but it can happen any time from your 30s to your mid 50s or later. The average age is 51. Smoking can lead to early menopause. Some types of surgery can bring on menopause. For example, removing your uterus (hysterectomy) before menopause will make your periods stop, but your ovaries will still make hormones. That means you could still have symptoms of menopause like hot flashes when your ovaries start to make less estrogen. But, when both ovaries are also removed (oophorectomy), menopause symptoms can start right away, no matter what your age is, because your body has lost its main supply of estrogen.

  24. QUESTION:
    At what age does a woman generally reach menopause?
    Does late menopause cause problems? IF yes, then what could be those? Is it okay for a women in mid-fifty to not have reached menopause, if she has no problems whatsoever?

    Thanks for replying!

    • ANSWER:
      The average age is 51, though the general range is anything from 45 to 55. But lots of healthy women don't fall within this range, so don't panic.

      Although not significant, being exposed to oestrogen for longer periods means that women whose menopause occurs after 55 do have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, so it's important to keep on checking. This is especially true if you were an early bloomer in terms of getting periods.

      However I think late menopause decreases risk of heart disease, so there are some benefits :) x

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the average age women start to go through menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      46.3 years

      I googled it. ;)

  26. QUESTION:
    what is meant by menstrual cycle and menopause? and when is the egg most fertile?
    when is a woman most likely to get pregnant during her periods? and at what age does a menopause usually occur?

    • ANSWER:
      the definition of menstrual cycle is- a recurring cycle (beginning at menarche and ending at menopause) in which the endometrial lining of the uterus prepares for pregnancy; if pregnancy does not occur the lining is shed at menstruation; "the average menstrual cycle is 28 days" Ovulation occurs in the middle of the cycle and is when the woman is fertile.
      the definition of menopause is- A gradual process that happens when a woman's ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone and her lifetime supply of eggs is depleted. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she hasn't menstruated for 12 months. Natural menopause typically occurs between ages 41-59.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it true if women start their period at a young age they will have menopause early?
    Just out of curiosity if I started my period when I was 14 yrs old does that mean I will enter menopause early? I am 27 yrs old now but I have heard rumors that it does happen. Never had a problem with periods no yeast infections or nothing of the sort so just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      No, there's no truth to it at all. You don't go through menopause as a result of ovulating all of your eggs. You start with over a million eggs. You go through menopause as a result of aging causing eggs to die off. Stay healthy, eat right, avoid things like tobacco that kill eggs. And 14 isn't early. It's not even average. 12 is average. So 14 is later than average.

  28. QUESTION:
    How many babies would the average woman have if she never used birth control?
    We all know Michelle Duggar has a brood of 19, but she is sort of a fertile miracle. How many would the average woman who breastfeeds to natural weaning have? Assuming she married at 22, and continued until menopause at age 55.

    • ANSWER:
      It varies a lot.

      The average with today's medicine likely around 10.

      But in the past stillbirths, miscarriages and early deaths were common. So only perhaps 3 or 4 would really survive.

      The Duggars say they are "leaving it up to God". But they are wrong. God didn't put her 24 weeker in an incubator. Modern medicine did that just like it makes birth control.

      They just don't want to take responsibility for the fact that if everyone did what they were doing the Earth would quickly become uninhabitable.

      In many pf the poorest parts of Africa women average 8 births in their lifetimes, but so many of them die that the population stays about constant. That is natural.

      She is higher than most, since she has lots of twins and she gets pregnant while breastfeeding even in the first 6 months. Not a "fertility miracle", but definetely on the higher end of fertility. I think if you disregarded her twins and pregnancies while breastfeeding she would be left with closer to 10 children.

      Women over 40 have a hard time getting pregnant. She does, but most cannot. I think you would have to make an earlier cut off than 55. You are really looking at 25 years of time when a woman can produce offspring regularly, and those years are 15 - 40. Also one in 4 babies miscarry, so that is going to slow things down. It takes awhile to get pregnant after a miscarriage.

      Women aged 50 - 55 are not getting pregnant without in vitro. Not at all. 40-50 is low. 35 - 40 is even pretty darn low.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why are so many young people theses days having sex at start of age 11?
    Why does it seem like more and more ppl at younger ages having sex even at the start of 11 years old? How and why is it happening a lot more theses days?

    • ANSWER:
      " Girls have Sex to be Loved, while Boys Love to have Sex". This romantic cliché is the most obviously sleazy yet Devastating lines ever spoken.

      The Sexual Revolution has ushered in a period where the average adolescent faces tremendous pressures to have sexual experiences of all kinds. Teenagers today are bombarded with the image of premarital sex through advertising, cable television , movies. Premarital sex is suggested everywhere in our society, as seen on billboards, in movies, and in magazines. Perhaps, if teenagers had more confidence, they would not be prone to, and influenced by these artificial advertisements. than decades ago, yet without any corresponding increase in information on how to handle the input. So "Kids are pretty much left to Other Kids for Opinions, Advice and Value Information when it comes to sex". "Sexual Misinformation" is, therefore, equally shared in the group. Parents at home and teachers in school feel equally inadequate or uneasy to discuss the topic of sex with youngsters. The problem mounts because the barkada has a more profound influence than parents do, exerts pressure and expects the adolescent to conform to the rest of the them.

      Teenage sexual activity is a major problem confronting the Wold and has led to a rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), emotional and psychological injuries, and out-of-wedlock childbearing thus teenage pregnancies and premarital sex occurrences alarm every sector in our society particularly the church and health institutions. Substantial studies had been conducted to support this scenario.

      The knowledge of pre-marital sex among the youth has been observed to be weak as shown by the increasing rate of unwanted pregnancies, case of abortions, use of contraceptives and the spread of sexually transmitted disease. Teens have the right to know more than the bare facts of menstruation menopause, pregnancies, etc. With the right information, the youth will be more cautious with their sexual activities.

      The youth must wait for the right time before engaging in sexual acts, not because of the reason that it is an immoral practice but rather of the fact the risks involved such as abortion, unwanted pregnancy, getting the sexually transmitted diseases, etc. It has also ill effects on their mental, social and psychological being.

      Men/Boys telling Women/Girls that having sex is just their way of expressing their love, is about as threadbare saw a spider inviting a butterfly into her parlor; while women/Girls believe that having sex is their way of proving their love to a man. They gave all in the name of love to establish the truth of reality of their love. However, the question is: what if they are not meant to be? Later on, the women realize that the damage has been done. The guilt sets in and emotion like this has a great effect in their whole life.

      To stay away from these harmful effects teenagers must maintain standards and understand their responsibilities. Teens today need to follow the law of chastity. Chastity is "A lifestyle that brings Freedom, Respect, Peace, and even Romance - without regret; Chastity frees a couple from the Selfish attitudes of using each other as Objects, and makes them capable of their Love. Chastity is a very difficult lifestyle. Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being"
      Good Luck>r

  30. QUESTION:
    in what age normally woman start to get menopause?
    what about if a woman have just 3 days period time? does it mean she is getting close with menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Some women have peri menopause in their forties and the average age to be done with menopause is 52. Periods can become shorter, closer together or further apart, everyone is different. If you periods were always longer and now are 3 days, that might be a definite sign that you are entering menopause. Watch for them to come further apart and eventually they won't come at all. When you have not had a period for a full year at all, you should have reached menopause.

      good luck..

  31. QUESTION:
    MenopauseWhen you have finished going through Menopause is there any Oestrogen still in your body?
    I had a surgical menopause and I am coming off HRT. When you have no ovaries is there a difference to the menpause when you keep your ovaries. Serious and professional answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is a significant difference between surgical menopause and natural menopause. With natural menopause, the ovaries do continue to produce low levels of hormones. But with surgical you have none of that and your estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone will be noticably lower in many cases than the levels of a naturally menopausal woman. For this reason, surgical menopause is generally a lot tougher and has worse symptoms than natural menopause. They've also found that women who are surgically menopausal and do not take hormones before the age of 42 or so have twice the mortality of women who are menstruating normally, with average life expectancy reduced by about 8 years. Here is a useful website to tell you about surgical menopause:
      http://surmeno.blogspot.com/

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the odds of conceiving a child at this age?
    He's 42, she's 41. She still has a regular cycle. They are having sex at random a couple times per month on average without using any protection. Both have had children within the last 10 years. How risky is this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's very possible. If you don't want more children, it's a risk not worth taking until she reaches menopause which is probably another 5 or 6 years away.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Complications
      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

  34. QUESTION:
    Could this be the start of the menopause?
    Hi
    I am 42 and for the last 12 months or so my periods have been more painful than before. Also the blood tends to be browner for the first couple of days and the last day. The period isn't stopping or slowing down but getting slightly heavier. I wondered if these were signs of the start of the menopause. I'm not having other symptoms (that I'm aware of - hotness etc), just the change in the period.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is defined as a woman's last menstrual period.
      The average age of menopause is 51, so you may be perimenopausal?

      Maybe this menopause self-assessment questionnaire might give you some action steps?

  35. QUESTION:
    What is meopause and what age do u start to get it?
    What is menopause and what age to woman usually tend to get it?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't "get" menopause....it is the process the body goes through by which fertility eventually ends. It can take literally years to finish off.

      Most women enter into pre or peri-menopause in their mid to late forties. Others sooner, some later; there is not set time period, and it has little to do with when you start menstruating (I personally began the process about 4 years ago, when I was 36, which is a bit earlier than average).

      You can read more about menopause at the links below.

  36. QUESTION:
    How old is the average woman when she can no longer concieve?
    at a certain age women cant concieve a child. right?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause.

      My guess would be mid 50s.

  37. QUESTION:
    how can you tell the difference from bipolar and menopause?
    my mother has always been a bit pissed off. I need to find out if it's menopause or bipolar disease. if bipolar, how would you get your mother to get checked out by a psychiatrist?

    • ANSWER:
      Bipolar Illness
      Bipolar Disorder: Mania and Mixed Episodes
      Bipolar disorder is an illness bipolar illness of severe mood swings. It is also called manic depression. If you have this bipolar illness illness, you may have periods of severe high or low moods. These periods may impact your day-to-day functioning.

      The high moods are called acute mania. They can make you feel restless, grouchy, or very happy. The low moods are called depression. They can make you feel very sad.

      Some people can have a mixed state. That’s when you have acute mania and depression at the same time.

      Both women and men get bipolar disorder in equal numbers. The disease is usually first seen in adults 18 and older.

      Technically, menopause is the stopping of periods or menses. The average age is 52; however, a woman’s menopause can occur at any point between her 30’s and her 60’s. This time in a woman’s life can be dramatic or quite simple — it is different for each woman — but every woman does stop having periods. Some people call it adolescence in reverse — a rocky time of fluctuating hormones and emotions. Perimenopause is usually the two to five years beforehand, but sometimes women have symptoms for 10–15 years before stopping their periods. When symptoms arise at a young age it is commonly called early menopause.

      Menopause symptoms can range from mild hot spells at night to constant dripping sweats all day and night. Some women spot for a few months, others bleed heavily for years. These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances and changes — not necessarily estrogen loss. They are also related to diet, lifestyle and genetic factors. Many menopausal women seek forms of menopause treatment that do not work and create even greater hormone imbalance.

      i hope this helps

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there an average age for menopause to start?
    cycles have been tapering off (ie getting shorter); I'm mid-40s.
    My aunt (former midwife) says it's natural for cycles to taper off as we reach the end. Can the older women out there advise me please?

    • ANSWER:
      The average age of menopause varies depending on genetics, stresses, how many children you had and at what age. Some women start in mid-forties, some in mid-fifties or even as late as 60's. Have your doctor run a hormone panel to tell you if you are in perimenopause. You may be experiencing pre-menopause which can occur 10 years before menopause. I started perimenopause at 45, 10-12 years before actual menopause. This is an excellent time to concentrate on your overall health, stamina, bone density, weight etc.

      Hope this helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    Up to what age Married women having sex with their husbands?
    In beginning of married life people having sex many times a day. At the age of 38 to 45 how many times they are doing it?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about higher ages but I think if health conditions of both are good, there is no such limit. Women having sex at 55 are known everywhere. After menopause, interests may go down a little but not stop. Enough arousal by husband makes little difference & there is no harm too. If both man & woman have high sex drives from the beginning, there is only slow decrease of 15 - 20 % in first 10 - 15 years. Immediately after getting married, 3 - 5 times daily is common for first six months. It is not necessary to have daily. Gaps of 1 - 2 days for recovery to best possible pleasure is recommended. sex in woman's non-ovulation days without using any protective device is best. Having once daily on the average or at least once in 2 days are easier for all. Taking warm milk with pure honey dissolved in that after dinner makes much more pleasant & better enjoyable. Sex is, definitely, an important natural regular need of human body like regular foods to make body healthy & fit & life satisfied.

  40. QUESTION:
    Beyond what what age does it become difficult to conceive a baby?
    I am talking 'body-clock' here for an average couple.
    Please write the age of both the male and female.

    • ANSWER:
      I sure hope the following information helps!

      Does my age affect my fertility?

      Yes. Fertility starts to decline for women from about the age of 30, dropping down more steeply from the age of 35. As women grow older the likelihood of getting pregnant falls while the likelihood of infertility rises.

      Most women will be able to conceive naturally and give birth to a healthy baby if they get pregnant at 35. After 35 the proportion of women who experience infertility, miscarriage or a problem with their baby increases. By the age of 40 only two in five of those who wish to have a baby will be able to do so.

      Can a man's age affect his fertility?

      Yes, it can. Men have a biological clock of sorts. Men in their 70s or even 80s can, and do, father children. But a man this age is more likely to take years rather than months to get his partner pregnant.

      The older a man is, the longer it will take him to get his partner pregnant. The chance of conception taking more than a year is:
      •about eight per cent when the man is under 25
      •about 15 per cent when the man is over 35
      An age gap can make a difference too. If a woman's partner is at least five years older than her, she has less chance of conceiving within a year than if her partner IS the same age. That's the case whatever the woman's age.

      How do men and women's biological clocks differ?

      There is a clear difference between men and women. A woman's oestrogen levels plummet once she reaches a certain age and this change is irreversible. The changes in hormone levels men experience aren't as sudden or noticeable, but happen gradually.

      The other major difference is that all women eventually reach menopause and stop releasing eggs. But a man can usually produce sperm throughout his lifetime.

      How are men's and women's biological clocks similar?

      As women grow older, they produce less oestrogen. This means there's a higher risk of having a baby with chromosomal problems. See our article on getting pregnant in your 30s and your 40s.

      Similarly, as men get older they have a decline in testosterone, and therefore a decline in fertility. This also creates a greater chance of fathering children with chromosomal problems. So just because a man can make sperm doesn't mean that it's high-quality sperm.

      Changes in hormone levels can affect a man's sex drive, sexual function and sperm quality. As men get older, the quality of their semen declines in volume and quality. Older men have fewer and slower-swimming sperm. This makes it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg and to fertilise it.

      The shape (morphology) of the sperm also declines in quality. Shape is important because it gives an indication of the sperm's genetic content. A higher number of misshapen sperm means there's more chance of abnormalities. Misshapen sperm is less likely to fertilise the egg.

  41. QUESTION:
    How Many Eggs Does The Average Women Have?
    I just got my period yesterday. Since then, questions have been filling my head. How many eggs does the average women have?

    • ANSWER:
      baby girl is born with egg cells (oocytes) in her ovaries. Between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, the ovaries of a female fetus contain 6 to 7 million oocytes. Most of the oocytes gradually waste away, leaving about 1 to 2 million present at birth. None develop after birth. At puberty, only about 300,000 more than enough for a lifetime of fertility remain. Only a small percentage of oocytes mature into eggs. The many thousands of oocytes that do not mature degenerate. Degeneration progresses more rapidly in the 10 to 15 years before menopause. All are gone by menopause.

      Only about 400 eggs are released during a woman reproductive life, usually one during each menstrual cycle. Until released, an egg remains dormant in its follicle suspended in the middle of a cell division. Thus, the egg is one of the longest-lived cells in the body. Because a dormant egg cannot perform the usual cellular repair processes, the opportunity for damage increases as a woman ages. A chromosomal or genetic abnormality is thus more likely when a woman conceives a baby later in life.

      i researched this answer, i hope it's accurate.
      there were so many!

  42. QUESTION:
    Why does the media like to scare women about getting pregnant in their 30s and 40s?
    I have seen many articles saying that fertility starts decreasing in the late 20s causing many women to panic and worry that they will never find Mr. Right. There have been plenty of women who gave birth in their 30s and even 40s. Every woman is different and women continue to menstruate until official menopause, meaning there is always a possibility to get pregnant until then.

    • ANSWER:
      You're wrong. It's not a scare tactic, it's simply the truth. Fertility DOES decline starting age 27, and plummets after age 35. Yes, many women CAN get pregnant afterwards, and most women menstruate after age 35 (average age of menopause is 51), but menstruation does not translate to the ability to become pregnant or to successfully carry a fetus to term--after age 40, a really large percentage of eggs are defective, which is why there is the huge miscarriage risk--25% and growing after age 35, and that's even considering if you can become pregnant at all. Younger women have about a 20% chance with each cycle to become pregnant, while over 35, you have a 10% chance per cycle, which drops to a 5% chance per cycle after age 40, so even if you are able to have one child after age 35, it becomes quite difficult to have a second. And if you want to have more than one, you have to get started since fertility drops so quickly after 35! 17% are infertile by age 35, and almost 23% of women between 35-39 are infertile. Almost 1 in 4 women! Almost 30% are infertile between 40 and 44. And you never know if you're one of those or not. Plus while over the whole population those are the statistics, if you happen to be a woman with a particular problem that causes infertility, then your chances are 0%, and no one knows if she'll be one of those women... unless you happen to have endometriosis or PCOS, in which case you already know that your chances of pregnancy are reduced even at a young age, and become very small after 35. After age 45, even though much more than half of women are still menstruating, there is only a 1% chance per month of being able to get pregnant, with an 8% chance of birth defects and a 50% chance of miscarriage. So certainly there is not "always a possibility to get pregnant". Risk to mother and baby rise greatly the older you are, as well. So pregnancy is not something that can be counted on. I've met far too many women over 35 who feel betrayed because they thought they'd have no problems getting pregnant, but then they find that they can't, and are shocked that no one told them they'd have such a difficult time.

  43. QUESTION:
    How many children would you have with no birth control?
    How many children would an average couple that uses no birth control at all have? Let's say the woman starts giving birth in her early to mid twenties and stops in her thirties.

    • ANSWER:
      it is possible though not overly healthy to have a child every 18 months to 20 months. so assuming she started having babies at 20 by 35 she could possibly have over 7 kids if she had them all as singles. this number could go up if she had any sets of multiples. back before birth control many women started families at about 16 and didn't stop having babies until they died or they became infertile by either menopause or complications of labor. a friend of my grandparents had over 20 children. she is a strong woman to survive not only that but to a grand old age as well.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to know when menopause may start?
    I started my period when I was 13. I'm only 20 now. Is it possible to find a way to know when menopause may start according to age when periods start? ( Bet not ) but I'm not sure

    Leave comments! Q Q
    U
    Omg ok thanks! I know when my mother started hers. She started at 13 as well and she ended somewhere around the late 40s almost to 50. I imagine I'll be going through the same thing as her. ( Possibly )

    • ANSWER:
      It's different for every woman, but the average age of onset of perimenopause is 46; the average age of menopause is 51.

      I started my period at age 13, and I fit the above average precisely.

      Also, we tend to take after our mothers. My mother also hit menopause at age 51.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it true that birth control pill can delay menopause?
    Since when you use the pill the egg does not get released from the ovary, plus the hormone is controlled, it seems that menopause may happen slightly later if you are a long-time pill user. Anyone has experiences to share?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the result of diminishing or changing hormones. Most women still have unused eggs when menopause hits. On average, women reach menopause at age 52 today due to better nutrition, not use of birth control pill.

      The other poster is also wrong. At the age of 28, more women are going to have problems getting pregnant, whether they took the pill regularly or not for more than 10 years. It's because they are OLDER.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the average age of menopause?
    I'm 40 now with no symptoms but wondering when this will all start for me. I can't wait to not have periods anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      The average age for the cessation of a period is 51 years of age. Realize symptoms can last for several years before and after this point.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the average age that a woman gets menopause?
    Menopause

    • ANSWER:
      1) According to the modern researches done on this subject show that in most women, this decline in oestrogen production occurs between the ages of 45 and 50.

      2) In according to that the average age of menopause of a woman is 48.

  48. QUESTION:
    How old are you when you stop your period?
    I was just wondering what the average age it is for women to stop having their period...any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a process that doesn't happen overnight. Some women begin with peri-menopause in their early 40s. Periods become slightly irregular, or late. Sometimes extremely heavy or extremely light. A bit unpredictable.

      Eventually the periods will just stop happening. Could be 45, could be 55, could be ? Who knows.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the average age at which women go through mentalpause?
    just kidding . . . menopause

    • ANSWER:
      Usually late 40's to mid 50's

  50. QUESTION:
    Until what time a women could get pregnant without being under risk? age?
    I know it depends on woman, but until what age a woman can get pregnant without having a big risk? average age? thank you
    at what age they dont get their period?

    • ANSWER:
      I think ur asking how old a woman can be before pregnancy can cause a risk to the fetus and/or herself....? doctors say that after 35 years old a woman can have a lot more complications with pregnancy. The older you are after 35, the more possibility the baby can develop down syndrome or other handicaps. But like you said, all depends on the woman. A woman can have a baby in her 40s. She might have to be on bed rest or something but can have a healthy baby. After a woman goes thru "the change" (menopause) then she cant get pregnant b/c her body isn't releasing any more eggs, therefore that causes her to not have a period anymore. Some woman can go thru menopause earlier then other women. My mom went thru it in her 40s but my step mom is 50 and still has a period.


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