How Long Does Menopause Last, and When Should I Switch Multivitamins?
How Long Does Menopause Last, and When Should I Switch Multivitamins?

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How Long Does Menopause Last, and When Should I Switch Multivitamins?

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Essential Takeaways

  • The term “menopause” is used as a benchmark for one year since your last menstrual cycle. But the overall process of losing your period can last around 3-5 years.
  • As your body goes through this transition, your nutrient needs change, too.

The first thing to understand is that while we tend to use “menopause” as a catch-all term for the years-long process in which a woman stops getting her period, it’s actually not entirely accurate. If you want to get technical, perimenopause is the phase during which menstruation slows to a stop. When you’ve stopped getting your period for a full year, that milestone is called “menopause”—and after that, you’re in postmenopause. Make sense?

How long does this whole process last, though?

Now that we’ve broken things down into phases, it’s probably easy to understand that postmenopause is indefinite. So really, when we talk about how long menopause lasts, we’re referring specifically to perimenopause. The average age of a woman in menopause is 51, so typically, perimenopausal women begin to lose their period over the course of 3-5 years, in their late forties.

This time might be marked by telltale physical signs: hot flashes, fatigue, and brain fog are all pretty common (and can even linger into postmenopause) (1). Much of these effects are byproducts of the hormonal changes your body is going through during this time.

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Lend yourself some support

It’s crucial to remember that as your body goes through this transition, your nutrient needs change, too. For starters, estrogen plays a role in supporting bone health, which is why we recommend looking for calcium-helper nutrients like vitamin D, boron, and vitamin K2 in your multivitamin. You’ll also need less iron since you’re not getting your period every month anymore, and you’re most likely meeting your iron needs through your diet.

Since your nutrient needs are changing, you’ll probably need to change out your multivitamin. Our recommendation: Essential for Women is designed to help fill gaps in your diet for women 18+. Once you hit menopause, make the switch to Essential for Women 50+, which is designed for women postmenopause.

References:

  1. Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Dealing with the symptoms of menopause. Retrieved from Harvard.edu

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