Different stages to menopause

In the Oxford Dictionary it states that we got the word menopause from Greek. The modern latin in the late 19th century menopausis. If we split the word:

From dictionary.cambridge.org it is been defined as:

"the time in a woman's life when she gradually stops having periods"

What are the different stages of menopause?

Pre menopause

This is where the female reproductive system and the hormones are working well.

Early Menopause and Premature Menopause
also known as “Premature Ovarian Insufficiency”)

This is where women go through menopause at an earlier stage in their life than other women. They could be in their teens and even up to early 40s. Period will either stop naturally or by a particular treatment woman have gone through. Hormones stop producing before it should actually do so.

Peri Menopause also known as “around menopause”)

Peri menopause normally occurs between 45 – 55 years old andactually starts a few years before the menopause. The eggs that we produce reduce (at a low level) and the ovaries stop producing oestrogen. When the level of oestrogen in your body fluctuates and your menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten, this is when you could be peri menopausal.

When the ovaries produce so little oestrogen the lining of the womb does not thicken up and so periods stop altogether. Once you’ve gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, you have officially reached menopause.


When a woman ceases to have a period, this can occur on average between the age of 51 -52. but sometimes can either happen earlier or later.

There is no set time as to how long women go through the menopause it could be months or even years. Also, not all women will have the same symptoms, or same length of time at each stage of menopause, but it is beneficial for us all to be aware and understand what could be happening to their bodies.

Post Menopause

These are the years ‘after’ menopause where the female reproductive abilities cease.
During this stage, menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, can ease for many women.
However, women are at increased risk for a number of health conditions such as heart disease & osteoporosis.

For more information on what symptoms are associated with menopause please see our symptoms page