Age for Menopause: Is there a Magic Number?


Cessation of Your Cycles: Moving Into Your Infinite Wisdom

Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell

Imagine on your 54th birthday you had no more menopausal symptoms and your periods just stopped. In fact, the same thing happens to all women across the globe. Wouldn’t it make menopause much easier to handle? A woman would know that she only has 3 years and 2 days left until she was free of bloating,irritability, weight gain, insomnia, etc. Instead, for most of us, it is a walk into the unknown.

So is there a magic number? You can pick it, but I am not too sure it will occur. Unfortunately, the age can vary greatly from woman to woman. According to theNational Institute of Health (NIH), the average age for a woman to have her last menstrual cycle is 51 years of age. Remember, this is just the age where a woman will stop getting her period, not necessarily stop having symptoms.

As many of you already know, the age of menopausal symptoms may begin in your 30’s and continue well beyond the cessation of your period. Why is this?

Over the last 20 years, menopausal symptoms have gotten a bit more complex due to a number of factors. If you asked your mother, she will most likely tell you, yes, she had menopausal symptoms, but they certainly did not last for 10-15 years, and for the most part they were manageable. When I asked my mother, she could not even remember going through menopause.

So what factors influence this magic age where there are no more periods and symptoms? From my own research I think there are four major areas:

  • Pesticides, hormones, and processed foods
  • Environmental toxins
  • Synthetic drug usage

As women, we need to respect our bodies. A rule of thumb to follow is junk inequals junk out. If you are eating white flours, white sugars, not exercising, and running around with your head chopped off, it is a wonder you are only suffering from menopausal symptoms and not a host of other ailments and diseases as well.

A great place to start is by getting our eBook. This will at least get you started on the road to taking care of yourself.

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