It's more than just hot flashes.
Menopause is the permanent cessation of monthly periods for 12 consecutive months. The transition toward that point in time, called pre- or peri-menopause, begins for most women between the ages of 45 and 55. It can last about seven years but can go as long as 14. Some women have few symptoms, while others experience hot flashes, trouble sleeping, moodiness and irritability, pain during sex, or depression. Get some new insights into menopause symptoms and relief.