Doctor with female patientMenopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods. The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause, or “around menopause”. Menopause marks the natural end of the reproductive years that began in puberty.

The average age that women go through menopause is 51. Most women enjoy a healthy lifestyle for years afterward. Menopause is a natural part of aging. The lower amounts of estrogen that come with menopause will cause changes in your body. These changes occur slowly, over time. Menopause, however, is different for everyone. Some women notice little difference in their bodies or moods. Others may find it difficult to cope with their symptoms. Your physician can help you through this change in your body.