Sleeplessness and Middle Aged Women: Why Women Over 40 Suffer More

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Consider What Happens to Your Body During Menopause

From the hot flashes to the hormonal shifts, a woman’s body goes through a lot as she transitions to menopause. And all of those changes impact far more than your reproductive cycle or sexual health.

Menopause is defined as the end of your reproductive years, when you cease menstruation. Generally speaking, you are considered to be experiencing menopause when you do not have a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months. Menopause is typically broken up into three phases: perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause. Perimenopause is when a woman’s body first begins producing less estrogen and can happen several years before menopause actually takes place. Menopause occurs when a woman’s menstrual period stops, and postmenopause are the years after menopause, when most hormonal symptoms end and your body no longer releases eggs or produces high levels of estrogen.

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