What is the difference between Perimenopause and The Menopause?

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Perimenopause is the transition from a woman’s fertile years into her infertile years. Perimenopause takes place when a woman’s menstrual cycle becomes irregular but does not stop entirely. The menopause begins once a woman hasn’t had a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months. Read on to find out more about these two distinct and important stages of a woman’s life.


Perimenopause is the phase before the menopause begins and signals the start of a woman’s biological transition. The perimenopause usually happens to women in their forties, although it can occur earlier. During perimenopause, a woman’s hormonal levels fluctuate which can affect her systems including the digestive system and hormonal system. While a women will continue to have a menstrual cycle the frequency and duration becomes unpredictable, but the menstrual cycle will not come to an end during this phase.


The menopause occurs once a woman hasn’t had a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months. This usually happens to women in their late forties and early fifties with 51 been the average age for menopause. However, for some women it may occur as early as 40 or even earlier.

For 1 in every 100 women menopause may occur before the age of 45 and 1 in every 1,000 women menopause may occur before 40.

The period of time that comes after a woman’s menstrual cycle has ceased for 12 consecutive months is called post menopause.


Understanding your Hormones

The menopause is a normal part of ageing that occurs when a woman’s period stops, and she can no longer fall pregnant naturally. This happens when oestrogen levels decline and the ovaries stop releasing eggs.

Meno Active contains Pantothenic Acid which contributes to normal synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, vitamin D and some neurotransmitters. The formulation also contains Vitamin B6 which contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity.

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