Not precisely, but it’s always fun to guesstimate! Certain factors do influence the age at which menopause begins, but it’s not always the ones you’d expect. At the risk of disappointing many of you, it’s true that certain links between PMS and perimenopausal symptoms have been proved scientifically, but only with respect to some symptoms.
What you can control is your diet and lifestyle, and there are natural ways to prepare for the transition to make it less of a bumpy ride.
Menopause is not an illness, it’s a transition; part of aging. You cannot stop the process and revert to your twenties, but you can make the transition more pleasant.
By definition, a woman reaches menopause when she has not had her period for at least 12 consecutive months, and can no longer conceive. The process leading up to menopause can last a few years. This process is the body’s progressive decline in producing reproductive hormones. This is most welcome for some, dreaded by others and the symptoms can feel overwhelming at times.
The typical menopausal symptoms are caused by the fall of estrogen and progesterone levels, especially if they fall precipitously or out of sync with each other.
This stage in the life of a woman, which precedes menopause, generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 55, but some women may experience symptoms as early as their thirties.
Perimenopause brings about gradual changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle, until menstruation ceases altogether. Before starting to fall, estrogen levels often increase during the early stage of perimenopause, while the level of progesterone tends to diminish.