Menopause is defined as the natural stage after a woman’s menstrual period has stopped for one year. Most women segue into this stage between the ages of 49 and 52, but it can also happen earlier or later. Menopause is caused by the reduction in the ovaries’ production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Oncoming menopause is often punctuated by some or all of the following ten symptoms.
Irregular periods. One of the first signs of oncoming menopause is irregular periods. This can be defined as longer or shorter periods, irregular intervals or heavier periods. Many women report being frustrated with periods that no longer follow the schedule they were used to.