Jeanne Tripplehorn 06.10.1963

When does Menopause start? How will I know?

It really doesn’t help that menopause can only be recognized by hindsight. By the time that you can finally look backward and realize that you haven’t had your period for 12 months, you’ve come to terms with the changes, one way or another.



Wouldn’t it  be great if we had a warning light or a bell that went off somewhere when this whole process kicked in? Instead, we’re left in a state of confusion and uncertainty leading up to menopause that can last from the 40s to the 60s (yes, that long!). Although this transition stage finally has its own name – perimenopause, we know very little about it. There isn’t a definitive test for being perimenopausal. Hormones fluctuate so much throughout a woman’s cycle that your doctor can’t simply take a blood test one day and say “Yep, This is it – you are perimenopausal!”



The wide range of symptoms that one can expect and why we have them still remains a mystery.   Experts tell us that symptoms of perimenopause include irregular periods, hot flashes and night sweats. But what about those 5 pounds that you suddenly gain that you can’t lose, no matter how much you cut carbs, sweat on the elliptical, or crunch your way to an abdominal cramp? Or what about that gradual increase in anxiety that you can’t explain? Before you know it, you develop sleep problems and that wine (most tragically) starts to give you headaches. How about your recent habit of forgetting familiar names and words and those transient episodes when it seems like your mind is turning to mush…Where was I? Oh, right.  How are these symptoms related to menopause? It’s obvious that we’re going to need from both science and girlfriends to get to the bottom of this issue.  So, before you get distracted by a hot flash and forget, take a moment and send us your menopause moments, concerns and questions!


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14 Responses to “When does Menopause start? How will I know?”

  1. TominAZ says:

    I have been looking into bioidentical estrogen treatment for my menopause symptons. It seems to good to be true so does anyone know if I should listen to the old adage or does it really work?

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  8. admin says:

    Hello and thanks for visiting our blog! We’re currently looking into bioidentical estrogen and will post what we find soon. Many readers have also been curious about it. We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus but will be back shortly. Please check back soon!


  9. admin says:

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  10. Otto Sood says:

    Lots of good info. thanks.

  11. CV says:

    I actually did not consider this problem that way. I believe that there may be a point in this. Delighted to be able to play a part. Wish you good luck.

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  13. Gail says:

    It’s reassuring to know that episodes such as the ones that you describe are normal.

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