What is the average age for starting menopause?

On the face of it, this is quite a simple question: “At what age does menopause start?”

A simple answer is at approximately 50 years of age, give or take a few years either side. In America the “official” average is 51. This is similar to most other western countries.

In some countries this can vary a little, but as a rule of thumb, the average age when a woman usually ends her periods is 51. This is the start of menopause, which literally means the cessation or pausing of menses (menses: definition – the monthly flow of blood).

What if I don’t match the “average”?

Just because the average is 51 doesn’t mean that most women start the menopause at 51. This is just the average. Many women can start their menopause much earlier, and some quite a bit earlier.

There are a lot of factors involved in when menopause starts. These include:

  • Your body’s genetic make-up.
  • Whether you smoke. (smoking can bring menopause forward)
  • Your general health and fitness. (better is best)
  • Your stress levels
  • and many other things…

Don’t worry about menopause, but do get yourself informed

Menopause is a completely natural cycle that a woman goes through. For some it can be something that is easy to comes to terms with, both physically and mentally. For others it can be much more difficult.

A bit of simple research and reading can keep all women informed about the facts of menopause. This is why we encourage you to read the several articles on this site and to also look into the resources we recommend. One particular site we highly recommend is a UK website called the change of life.

What can I do to help me through the menopause

As mentioned above, the first step is to read up on the subject. Talk to your friends. Visit the site we mentioned above. Talk to your health care advisor.

Then you will have a better idea of the many things you can do. These include some simple dietary changes, perhaps some traditional herbal remedies and just as importantly, learn to maintain a positive outlook on life. It is this last step that can really make a difference with everything else. Being positive and looking to the future with a healthy outlook on life can make all “treatments” and “remedies” even more effective.

So help yourself and we hope you enjoy reading the articles on this website and the other resources we recommend.

Good luck and best wishes.