How do you confirm menopause?
Menopause is defined by not having a period for 12 consecutive months or more, without any other known cause such as illness, medical treatment or pregnancy. Doctors will usually confirm that you’re in menopause based on your symptoms, but in some instances, they may run a blood test for elevated follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels to confirm menopause. This is usually only done if you’re under the age of 45.
It is important to go to the GP if you are concerned about your periods or experience changes to your cycle, such as irregular bleeding, spotting or changes to your usual premenstrual symptoms.
What age do periods stop?
It’s different for everyone, but menopause usually begins for most people between the ages of 45 and 51, with active menopause (periods have stopped for 12 consecutive months or more), usually occurring in your early 50s. However, some women reach this phase in their thirties, others in their sixties.