Complete Guide to Menopause

Menopause occurs when a woman has no menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. It is a universal condition affecting over half the female population and each person’s menopausal experience will be different. It can cause bothersome or debilitating symptoms resulting in a significant impact on someone’s quality of life. We are pleased to offer resources below that were created by menopause specialists. Our aim is to provide you with trusted information as you navigate menopause. 

What is Menopause?

Menopause happens when the ovaries decrease their functioning and no longer release eggs. This leads to low estrogen, which can cause the symptoms of menopause. Usually, menopause is diagnosed after someone has gone 12 months without a menstrual period. The average age of natural menopause in Canada is 51 years old.

Understanding Perimenopause and Menopause

Understanding menopause and its definitions and timing can be challenging. Reviewing the information
below will help you learn more about perimenopause and different types of menopause. Speak to your doctor if you aren’t sure which type of menopause applies to you.

Perimenopause is the time before menopause, typically 4-8 years, when a person may have irregular periods and experience some of the physical changes of menopause.

Types of Menopause

Some people experience menopause early and/or as a result of an exposure to something that makes them menopausal (e.g., some chemotherapy treatments, radiation therapy or surgery). There can be overlap between the types of menopause. Clicking through the icons below will give you more information.

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Other Considerations for Menopausal People

There are many other things for menopausal people to consider that relate to lifestyle, disease prevention and screening. Navigate through the icons below to learn more.

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