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A year without having my periods: when do women get menopause?

No more period equals menopause? It depends, it’s a matter of months before it is confirmed so, let’s count first.

When your period stops are you in menopause? It depends, it’s a matter of months when menopause happens so, let’s count first.

This is probably the number one question. How come this thing that’s been happening to me every month or so for the past 30 to 40 years is suddenly stopping and how many months without it before I can actually consider it definitely over?

Ovarian activity may be uneven, hence the irregular periods

A woman is confirmed to be in menopause following 12 consecutive months without a period. However, certain women see their periods return even after a year without them. This can represent a return of ovarian activity when the ovaries begin functioning again, but only temporarily. A pelvic ultrasound can eliminate other reasons for the bleeding. A recommendation will be to follow up on regular gynecologist check to be sure of ovarian activity.


  • 12 months in a row without a period is often a sign that menopause happened
  • Gynecological regular check is recommended in order to be sure of ovarian activity

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