What is menopause?
Menopause is the end of menstruation. Menopause is part of a
woman's natural aging process when her ovaries produce lower levels of the
hormones estrogen and progesterone and when she is no longer able to become
Unlike a woman’s first menstruation, which starts on a single day, the
changes leading up to menopause happen over several years. The average age
for menopause is 52. But menopause commonly happens anytime between the ages
of 42 and 56.
What is ‘perimenopause’?
‘Perimenopause’ refers to the several years before menopause when a woman
may begin experiencing the first signs of her menopausal transition. But
many people use the term ‘menopause’ for both the perimenopausal years as
well as the few years following menopause.
What are the signs of menopause?
Menopause is a natural process that happens to every woman as she grows
older, and is not a medical problem, disease or illness. Still, some women
may have a hard time because of the changes in hormone levels during
There are many possible signs of menopause and each woman feels them
differently. Most women have no or few menopausal symptoms while some women
have many moderate or severe symptoms.
The clearest signs of the start of menopause are irregular periods (when
periods come closer together or further apart), and when blood flow becomes
lighter or heavier.
Other signs may include some of the following:
Touch Healing® has been successful in
reducing some of the side effects of menopause and help with the
transitional period by helping the body's energy system back into a
state of balance.
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