Menopause MythsWhen it comes to menopause, separating fact from fiction can be tough. Once you tell your friends that you THINK you're in menopause, you'll hear tons of advice and old wives' tales. Here's the truth about some common myths about menopause.
MYTH: Menopause symptoms begin when a woman approaches age 50
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REALITY: Hormonal changes start earlier, usually around age 40 but can start before. Perimenopause, the beginning stage of menopause, starts when a woman misses periods due to hormonal changes. Perimenopause can last between two and eight years. Menopause starts only after a woman has missed her monthly periods for a year.