What are Menopausal Symptoms and What Causes The Menopause?

Menopause refers to the time of cessation of a woman’s reproductive ability. It is a natural biological process, which ends a woman’s menstruation and fertility permanently. It occurs about 12 months after her last menstrual period.

Periods can stop for some time and then start again, so a woman is considered to have been through menopause only after going for one year without periods. Menopause can happen in a woman’s 40s or 50s (the average age is 51 in the United States).

Some symptoms of menopause include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood changes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Changing feelings about sex
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vaginal and urinary problems
  • Trouble focusing or forgetfulness