What Is Menopause in Women?

Menopause is the transition period during which a woman's body stops producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, according to WebMD. Most women enter menopause between the ages of 45 to 55 years old.

As women age, they enter into three stages that signal the end of their ability to reproduce. The first stage is perimenopause, during which hormone production slows down and periods become irregular. This usually occurs during a woman's late 40s. The next stage is menopause, which is when periods and the production of certain hormones stop.

The average age for the onset of menopause is 51 years old, but it can vary wildly from as early as a woman's 30s to her 60s, as noted by MedicineNet. Menopause is usually the most intense period for women to go through with many symptoms. The final stage is postmenopause, which is when the period has stopped completely for at least 1 year. At this point, women are considered postmenopausal for the remainder of their lives.

Menopause brings with it a number of symptoms that may be minor annoyances or major impediments to daily life, depending on their severity. These symptoms are varied and a woman may only have a few of them at a time. They includemood swings,sexual problems such as pain or low drive,hot flashes such as sweatingand afast heart rate,headaches and insomnia.