Demystifying Menopause: 23 Must-Know Tips from Cleveland Clinic Experts

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Cleveland Clinic/ on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:00AM

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Demystifying Menopause: 23 Must-Know Tips from Cleveland Clinic Experts

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How do I know if I'm in menopause?

If you haven't had a period for 12 months, and there are no other possible causes, such
as disease, stress or a medication side effect, then you can consider yourself officially in
menopause, or menopausal. The average age for menopause is 51. But the process
really begins eight to 10 years before you officially hit menopause, as ovaries gradually
produce less estrogen. Known as perimenopause, this is typically the beginning of
hormonal imbalances that can last up until a year following menopause, or possibly
longer in the phase known as postmenopause.

Forty million U.S. women this year will begin "the change" or be just coming out of it.
That's why we've gone to some of the best Cleveland Clinic docs for their advice on the
myriad ways you can effectively manage this life transition and, believe it or not, even
become healthier during this time.

Get more menopause advice from Cleveland Clinic Wellness/

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