Is There a Way to Predict When Menopause Will Happen?

Is There A Way To Predict When Menopause Will Happen?

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

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One reliable index is to look at your family tree. The age of your mother (or aunt or older sister) when she started the “change” is one guideline to follow. But it's not fool-proof. While many of us anticipate what will happen when perimenopause (the term for this transition) begins, it’s hard to predict when this process begins. Menopause marks the end of periods for one year. While the “average” age is around 50, this can vary between the late 40s and early 50s.

It’s important  to know your own body, and recognize changes as they begin, which are different for every woman.  These early symptoms can vary from irregular periods, to trouble sleeping, to lack of energy, or excessive sweating.  When you expect that changes will be coming, you’ll be better able to manage them.  Even the process is widely variable, with some women sailing through with barely a symptom, and others requiring medical intervention to manage symptoms.