Menopause: Coming of Age

You know what to look for, from hot flashes and night sweats to missed periods, but you may be asking yourself: when will menopause begin?

From genetics to individual habits, a variety of factors can play a part in determining when menopause will arrive. Read on to find out more.

Menopause and Genetics

Though all women experience menopause differently and at different ages, studies have shown that, on average, women in the United States begin to experience menopause at the age of 51.1 One clue as to whether you’ll be younger or older than average when first experiencing symptoms is the age at which your female relatives began to experience menopausal changes.

Studies have found that there's some connection between the age at which your mother went through menopause and the age you will. This is especially true if your mother or another close relative experienced menopause at an unusually early or late time in their life.2 Though this is only a guideline and not a concrete way to know when menopause will begin, it may give you some insight into what to expect and when to expect it.

Menopause and Personal Habits

Did you know that your everyday habits can also impact when you may begin to experience menopause and its symptoms, like hot flashes?

Smoking cigarettes, for instance, may cause some women to enter menopause two years earlier than they would have if they’d never smoked at all. Weight changes can have an effect as well; women who gain about thirty pounds in their 20s and/or 30s experience menopause, on average, a year later than other women.3

Staying healthy is important at any age so it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor about your lifestyle habits and how they may affect you, not only now, but also when you are experiencing “the change” later-in-life.

Estroven® and Menopause Relief*

While understanding your genes and addressing lifestyle habits may help prevent some from experiencing symptoms earlier than necessary, the fact of the matter is that menopause will occur sooner or later in all women. Luckily, there are a variety of options available to help ease common menopause symptoms and help make the change more bearable.* One such option is taking a menopause support supplement such as Estroven®.

Estroven® has a full line of menopause relief products with safe ingredients to help with hot flashes, occasional sleeplessness and weight management, among other symptoms, during the menopausal transition.*

All Estroven® products are drug-free with two primary ingredients: clinically proven soy isoflavones, which have long been associated with a reduction in menopausal symptoms,* and naturally sourced black cohosh extract, which has been shown to help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.*

With Estroven® formulas available online and in stores, you can rest easy knowing that when menopause does begin, support and symptom relief are only a store visit or click away.*

Estroven® is a trademark of DSM.

3Morris, Danielle H., et al. "Body mass index, exercise, and other lifestyle factors in relation to age at natural menopause: analyses from the breakthrough generations study." American journal of epidemiology (2012): kwr447.