What young women (and men) need to know about menopause. – Mamamia

Tammy was only 36 when she entered menopauseafter needing a full hysterectomy.

When it happened, Tammy felt alone and out of place.

"All of the menopausepamphlets feature women in their late 50s. No one looked like me. I couldnt identify with anyone," she told Mamamia.

But Tammy isnt alone.

When your period ends before age 40, its considered premature menopause. According to menopause specialist and creator of the BalanceApp, Dr Louise Newson, one in 100 women go throughpremature menopause naturally.

Eight in 100 enter menopause early because of a hysterectomy or chemotherapy, like Tammy.

Another five per cent of women enter early menopausebetween 40 to 45. And in Australia, with 12.8 million women, trans- or non-binarypeople with ovaries, that means thousands of us will hit menopause before age 45.

Menopause affects your fertility, health, and mental health, and can be a difficult time.

Thats why everyone with ovaries, and those who care about us, in our 20s and 30s need to know about it too.

Side note: The Very Peri Summit, presented by Mamamia, is coming soon. Its an online event with everything you need to know to navigate perimenopause, the super fun (sometimes) decade long phase before menopause. Its streaming over two evenings and is available to catch up on demand anytime.Get your ticketsto make sure you dont miss out when help finally arrives!

Here are some of thebasics you need to know:

When youve had no periods for 12 months, thats considered menopause. But it doesnt start there!

Perimenopause, the transition time just before, can happen between two to 10 years earlier.

That means you could experience symptoms sooner than you expect.

For some women, perimenopause is barely noticeable. You might skip a period every now and then, or notice changes in your cycle. But for some, perimenopause comes with several tough symptoms.

Lily hit perimenopause around 39. At first, her libido increased as her hormones changed, and she felt great, but then things swung in the opposite direction.

"After the high came the low, and then the lower, and then an ever lower low until I felt like I had completely lost my sense of self and my place in the world. It is a difficult thing to explain, but an impossible feeling to live with."

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