What are the Three Stages of Menopause.

Jul 25, 2023
Learn about the 3 stages of menopause and how The Ashford Center can help during the transition with Endometrial Ablation.

There are three stages of menopause[1][3]:

  • Perimenopause: Perimenopause, also known as the "menopause transition," is the stage that occurs before menopause. It typically starts in a woman's 40s but can begin earlier or later as well. During perimenopause, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen, resulting in various symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, and mood changes. This transitional period can last for several years[1].
  • Menopause: Menopause marks the official end of a woman's reproductive years and is defined as the point when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. It is often diagnosed retrospectively after a full year without periods. At this stage, the ovaries cease to release eggs, and hormone levels, including estrogen and progesterone, decrease significantly. Women may experience symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, and mood changes[1][3].
  • Postmenopause: Postmenopause refers to the period following menopause. It begins after a woman has completed 12 consecutive months without a period. During this stage, menopause symptoms may continue, but they tend to decrease in intensity over time. Women may also face long-term effects of hormonal changes, such as an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. It is essential to focus on maintaining overall health and taking preventive measures during this stage[1][3].

At The Ashford Center, we specialize in the Endometrial Ablation procedure that helps elevate symptoms occurring during the transition from perimenopause and menopause. This minimally invasive procedure uses advanced technology to remove the lining of the uterus, reducing or eliminating menstrual bleeding and discomfort. No hormones, no hysterectomy, no hassle! 

Remember, the duration and specific symptoms experienced during each stage of menopause can vary for each individual. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare provider for personalized information and guidance.


  1. Menopause: What It Is, Age, Stages, Signs & Side Effects - Cleveland Clinic

  2. Menopause - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic