Menopause Without Symptoms?

I haven’t had a period for three months. Can a woman go through menopause without major symptoms?

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

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Many women make the natural transition to menopause with only minor symptoms. As periods become sporadic like yours, don’t be surprised if this irregularity continues over the next months or years, even without the presence of other symptoms.

Menopause officially begins with the absence of periods for one year. Every woman’s experience is unique in two ways: the types of symptoms and the severity of symptoms. Typical symptoms include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood changes, and weight gain. While some women need medical intervention to relieve symptoms, many women experience milder, but not especially troublesome symptoms and wonder what all the fuss is about!

Irregular periods might be your only signal that this transition is occurring, but don’t be surprised if symptoms start to come and go. This process – known as “perimenopause" – does end, but it can last anywhere from four to ten years.