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Menopause at a Glance

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Age and Fertility

What is perimenopause?

During perimenopause, the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones made by the ovaries, varies greatly. Source: NIH.

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It’s diagnosed after you’ve gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Source: Mayo Clinic.

What is the average age of menopause?

Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States. Source: Mayo Clinic.

How common is early menopause?

Early menopause occurs in about 5% of cases. Source: Cleveland Clinic.

What can I do about perimenopause or early menopause?

If you think you’re in perimenopause early (under 40 years old) see your doctor. You want to confirm there is no underlying condition, consider treatment options, and discuss fertility status. 
Source: Columbia University Irving Medical Center

What can I do about my fertility in preparation for menopause? 

Those who wish to delay childbearing until their late 30s or early 40s may consider methods of

fertility preservation such as egg retrieval either followed by freezing of the eggs or in vitro fertilization (IVF) followed by freezing of the embryos.  Source: ASRM.

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