5 Signs You May Be Experiencing Menopause
Simply put, menopause is a decrease in the production of estrogen and progesterone, the two hormones in a woman’s body that affect everything from the hair and skin to the bones, muscles, and brain. Menopause ultimately affects the reproduction system, during the phase in an aging woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing eggs for fertilization.
A woman typically begins to experience symptoms of approaching menopause when she reaches her mid-40s, although they can occur as early as her 30s. The time period up until when menopause occurs is known as perimenopause, a transition that may take four to ten years as estrogen and progesterone levels continue to decrease.