A Primer on Menopause What Every Woman Should Know. Part 4

Taking hormones for a few years and then gradually tapering off is probably fine, said Love. The more complex question is whether adding hormones for long-term use during perimenopause and beyond can help prevent problems like heart disease and osteoporosis.

A Primer on Menopause What Every Woman Should Know. Part 3

Menopause Menopause itself is a point in time, specifically 12 months after your last period, said Boggs. That’s when it’s clear that menstruation has stopped. The average age of menopause in the United States is 51.2 years, Thomas said.

A Primer on Menopause What Every Woman Should Know. Part 2

What Is This Thing Called Menopause? Menopause is a change in the levels of hormones, in particular of the levels of estrogen, which are produced by a woman’s body. It is the result of a natural transition from having ovaries that produce large amounts of hormones — enough to bear a child — to having…

A Primer on Menopause What Every Woman Should Know. Part 1

Like many girls growing up in the ’50s, I first learned about menopause by gleaning information from whispered conversations. If women of a certain age were acting out of sorts, it was said, they were going through “the change.” With scant details to work with, the image of this “change of life” loomed large —…