"Menopause." You hear the term a lot, and yet beyond its textbook definition, it is not always clearly defined. This is in part because it offers a unique experience to every woman it meets.
When does Menopause start?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Menopause occurs “12 months after your last menstrual period and marks the end of menstrual cycles.” This can happen in a woman’s 40s, but typically takes place when women hit their 50s.
Some women transition smoothly into menopause. While others are met with hot flashes, sleep disruption, low energy and a range of emotions. However a woman’s body handles the change, it typically involves a decrease in estrogen levels, which can lead to other more serious complications. These include an increased risk of cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of death in women—and an increased risk for developing osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken and become brittle. A direct correlation has been made between a decrease in estrogen and increased osteoporosis. Weight gain also can be an outcome of menopause as metabolism slows during this stage in life.