Wouldn't it be great to have a crystal ball? Imagine being able to tell if it's really going to rain instead of relying on the weather forecast, or predicting whether a fickle teenager still likes whatever we'd planned on cooking at the weekend? There are many things in life that are unpredictable, and some which follow such a clear path that it's almost like we're psychic, but where does menopause land on the scale of “no idea” to “absolutely certain”?
Well, we know that we can predict the age at which we'll start menopause with some degree of accuracy. The age our mothers started menopause is going to be pretty similar to ours, with a year of leeway either side, dependent on a few factors. We can't predict, however, whether we'll experience the same symptoms or even whether we'll experience the same severity of the ones we do.
It's important to remember that menopause is the period (pun intended) of twelve months where we don't menstruate, so we'll never actually know that menopause has started until it has ended. While the average age of menopause is 51, there are many individual factors that affect this so it is more reliable to look at the family history for a clue to when we'll experience menopause.
The time span leading to menopause is known as perimenopause, which lasts for four years on average. This means we can expect to be entering perimenopause around four years before our personal predictive menopause date. Like all things menopause, however, it's not quite an exact science and some women can experience perimenopause symptoms for up to ten years before entering the next phase.
We can also experience some of the same symptoms during menopause and perimenopause, but we will notice with hindsight that these changed throughout that time, with symptoms like vaginal dryness and hot flushes becoming more of an issue later in life. Studies suggest that sleep problems and brain fog are worse in the earlier stages of perimenopause. It can be helpful, therefore, to know how these symptoms typically progress as we age as it gives us an insight into our personal progress from perimenopause to menopause.
Unfortunately, we can't predict the exact timings of our menopause journey, but there are many signs we can look out for (mood changes, thinning hair, irregular periods and brain fog are major indicators of perimenopause) and statistics we can use to guide us. The average age to start perimenopause is 47.5, with menopause occurring around age 51. However, if we know when our mothers went through menopause (meaning their 12 menstruation-free months) we can be pretty sure when we're making the transition from perimenopause to menopause.
Our MenoShake has been designed to support every woman through this time of life, whenever it starts. It can provide relief from the most troublesome symptoms of perimenopause, continuing to make life easier well into menopause and beyond. When you start feeling the change creeping up on you it's time to take action, with lifestyle tweaks and supplements like our tasty vegan-friendly shake, and take control of your menopause journey.