Menopause is a natural biological process marking the end of menstrual cycles and fertility.
- There are four stages of menopause: pre-menopause, perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Most symptoms occur during the perimenopause stage.
- Menopause typically occurs in women between the ages of 45 to 55, with the average age being 51. Menopause can occur at a slightly earlier age for women who smoke, women who have never been pregnant or women who live at high altitudes.
- Hot flashes are reported by as many as 75 percent of perimenopausal women in the U.S.
- A study of menopausal women revealed that 80 percent experienced no change in their quality of life.
- Because of hormonal decline, post-menopausal women have an increased risk of bone density loss, heart disease and urinary tract infection.