It’s impossible to say exactly when you’ll go through the stages of menopause. Although the age of girls starting their periods has got steadily younger since the start of the last century, the age of menopause has remained remarkably consistent.
If you started your period at an early age, it’s likely that you have a greater number of egg precursors in the ovaries. As a result, you’ll tend to menstruate for longer and may go through the menopause later than most.
The average age to start is 51, and the stages of menopause can look like this:
Perimenopause occurs when your periods have become irregular but haven’t stopped. The average age to enter the perimenopause is 47 and, while you may experience symptoms, you can still get pregnant.
Menopause is generally classed as the year after you have your last period. Symptoms such as mood swings and sleep problems are common during this time.
If you’ve not had a period for a year, you’re past the menopause or postmenopausal. Fortunately, symptoms of the menopause should reduce at this point for most women.