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How Long Does Menopause Last?
And What is the Average Age of Menopause?

how long does menopause last

QUESTION: How long does menopause last?

RESPONSE: I'm deeply sorry to say (I know you don't want to hear it) that some women will experience anything from mildly annoying to intensely aggravating signs and symptoms of menopause for many years. Some women report that they have been in perimenopause for a decade or more.

A few women still have some of the symptoms even after menopause has been reached.

However, each woman’s menopause and her experience in intensity and duration of menopause is unique. The best predictor of what your menopause will be like is your mother's menopause in terms of the age in which she entered menopause and the duration of her perimenopause.

The biggest difference is between women who have a natural menopause, and those who have an early or surgically induced menopause, the latter often requiring extra care and treatment.

Natural menopause tends to be milder in nature than induced menopause because your body will have more time to adjust to the changes in hormones.

Perimenopause usually starts during a woman’s mid-forties (although there are many exceptions in which it starts earlier or later), and usually ends once a woman reaches menopause when her period has stopped for a full year.

Some women only notice irregular periods, while others experience hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, changes in skin tone, dry itchy skin, mood and memory changes, fatigue, hair growth and loss in all the wrong places and more. There are 34 symptoms of menopause you may or may not wish to learn more about!

The most common statistic I found to the question, "How long does menopause last?" is that your menopausal symptoms will last on average (with wildly different experiences for many women) 4 to 5 years.

However, there are four stages of menopause that you may be interested in knowing more about.

A lot of women who want to know how long does menopause last, also want to know the average age of menopause.

How long does menopause last? On average it lasts 4 to 5 years. 

Average Age for Menopause

QUESTION:: What is the average age for menopause?

RESPONSE:: The average age for menopause is fifty-one years and four months. You've reached menopause when you haven't had your period for twelve consecutive months.

However, menopause is still considered natural and normal for women as young as forty. If you reach the change of life before you're forty, it is considered premature.

Some women experience it much later, even into their sixties, but then it is considered late.

Both late and early menopause can cause health problems.

Some conditions can bring on an earlier change of life such as smoking, having had no children, exposure to toxic chemicals, chemotherapy and radiation, epilepsy, and medically treated depression.

Conditions that may delay menopause include obesity, having many children and alcohol use.

Causes of Perimenopause

Here are some Other Causes of Perimenopause Symptoms you may wish to consider:

Managing the Other Causes of Perimenopausal Symptoms:

Many factors come into play at midlife which may be causing your perimenopausal symptoms adding stress to an already stressful time. Your children might be leaving the nest, and this can cause anxiety, depression and loneliness.

Also, women in midlife may experience financial issues, questions as to the quality of her retirement, and/or aging parents who may require her care and attention, or even the death of her parents. In addition, there are the issues of aging in general.

All of these social and emotional factors contribute to the extent of one’s perimenopausal symptoms.

In other articles on this site I mention that your hormones do not create your feelings, they only heighten the feelings you already have. That’s why it may be ineffective if you just simply attempt to treat the menopausal symptoms directly with a tincture or a pill. Sometimes you will have to look at where those emotional issues are originating from.

Just as your hormone levels are at their highest, the emotional demands of parenting, caring for your elderly parents and your own midlife issues may be at their peak. Please be careful when looking at the root cause of your symptoms. There may be more than one that is bothering you. It takes a lot of wisdom to be able to see what it is that is really causing your pain. And then again, it takes wisdom to be able to deal with it all.

Counseling may help, and/or talking with good friends, and /or journaling your thoughts and possible solutions.


How long does menopause last? On average 4-5 years.

What is the average age for menopause? 51 years and 4 months.

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I have been in menopause for more than 10 years.

Question: I have been in menopause for more than 10 years. I had my last period 10 years ago, but I still have hot flashes. 

Reply: Quite a number of women have asked me this question, or a similar one. They don't meet the averages at all. They are experiencing symptoms much later than most people. 

I was a little surprised at the number of people who were saying this! So, I did a little research and found this statistic: 10 percent of women have symptoms for 10 years or more after their last period.  I'm sorry to all of you who are suffering. I wish I had better news for you. However, the recommendations made on this site will help you as well.

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