Menopause 101: What to Expect

The first thing you need to know about menopause is that it’s perfectly natural. It’s not a medical condition, and it doesn’t mean something’s wrong with you.

If you suspect you’re entering menopause or are just curious about what to expect, Dr. Tasha Boone at The Medical Place Family Practice can answer all of your questions. She specializes in caring for your health throughout your lifespan and can ease any concerns you might have about the change your body is going through.

Defining menopause

It’s pretty simple: Menopause means a pause in menstruation. It is the stage in your life when you’ve stopped having a period and are no longer fertile.

What brings on menopause?

Age is the primary factor that causes the onset of menopause. Most women begin the change sometime after age 40, but it’s different for everybody. As your body ages, your ovaries slow down their production of the hormones progesterone and estrogen, which are responsible for regulating your period. Your eggs stop functioning, and you enter your post-reproductive years.

Menopause is a gradual process

Menopause lasts several years and occurs in three stages.


The menopause process begins before you ever notice symptoms. The perimenopause phase is when your ovaries slow down or stop the release of eggs and your estrogen level drops considerably. Generally, this stage starts about a year or two before menopause, and you start to notice the onset of menopausal symptoms.


This is the real deal. You’ll know you’ve reached full menopause when you haven’t had a period for one full year.


This is when you’ve reached the other side of the process. You should notice a decrease or complete lack of the symptoms that seemed more intense during the previous year.

What about menopause symptoms?

The symptoms of menopause may be the best known of any medical condition, and they’re the topic of songs, plays, movies, books, and social media memes. Regardless of the pop culture attention, when you enter menopause, you may not find it humorous at all. But neither is it horrible. Every woman responds differently.

The most-talked-about sign of menopause may be the hot flashes. It’s a pretty common sign of the change and is the term used to describe a sudden rush of warmth that spreads through your upper body. Some women like to call it their “power surge,” but whatever name you give it, it can be uncomfortable. It might help to keep a foldable or electric hand-held fan with you to bring relief from the heat.

You may notice other symptoms as well, including:

Keep in mind that not every woman experiences every symptom.

Relief from your menopause symptoms

Whichever symptoms you’re experiencing, there are many things you can try to address the discomfort you may be feeling without medication. For instance:

There are countless ways to tackle your symptoms and sail through menopause. But if you need a little help overcoming one or more of your menopausal symptoms, give us a call or click the “Request Appointment” button to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boone.

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