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Q: When does Menopause end?

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Dorian Martin, Health Guide
2/22/10 12:12pm

Hi, Janisjo,


Menopause ends when you go completely go through one year without a period. You can find out more information on menopause here.

Take care!



Sandy Greenquist, Health Pro
2/23/10 5:50pm

Hi Janisjo,

Menopause runs right on into postmenopause.  After one year of no bleeding, you are considered postmenopausal...menopause was just the last period.  I think you may be asking more about "when do the symptoms end".  If that's the case, the facts are that symptoms can continue for years after the last period.  In my menopause practice, I find that by about 60, women can often begin to wean down to lower doses of hormones for maintenance and they will not get significant symptoms back.  However, we know that something like 15-20% of women never get over hot flashes.  So, the story varies for all of us, just like everything else.  But the worst of the symptoms tend to occur in the 5 or so years before the last period and for the 5 to 7 years after.

Sorry I don't have better news to share :)

Sandy Greenquist, Menopause Clinician

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