Expert Answers to Your Menopause Questions

Expert Answers to Your Menopause Questions
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Amani Mohsen and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

I am 36 years old, and I have some questions about menopause. Could you please provide me with some information? First, at what age will I go through menopause? Second, how many years will menopause last? Lastly, why do I experience extreme nausea and vomiting during my menstrual period?

Answered by Dr. Amani Mohsen


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.

Menopause is a naturally occurring  biological process that marks the end of a woman's reproductive years. The average age of menopause in Ladies is around 50 years old. However, it is important to note that menopause can occur earlier or later for some individuals. While the typical range for menopause onset is between the ages of 45 and 55, various factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and overall health can influence the timing of menopause. Therefore, it is not uncommon for women to experience perimenopausal symptoms, such as irregular periods and hormonal fluctuations, in their forties leading up to menopause.


Regarding the duration of menopause, it is essential to understand that menopause itself is a transition rather than a single event. The menopausal transition, which includes perimenopause and postmenopause, can span several years. Perimenopause refers to the period leading up to menopause when hormonal changes begin to occur, resulting in symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, and mood swings. Postmenopause follows menopause and refers to the years that come after the last menstrual period, during which menopausal symptoms may continue but typically diminish over time. Overall, the duration of the menopausal transition can vary from woman to woman, lasting anywhere from a few years to a decade or more.


As for your experience of extreme nausea and vomiting during your menstrual period, it is essential to recognize that menstrual symptoms can vary widely among individuals. While some women may experience mild discomfort or cramping during their periods, others may encounter more severe symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. These symptoms can be attributed to a variety of factors, including hormonal fluctuations, uterine contractions, and sensitivity to prostaglandins, which are chemicals that play a role in triggering menstrual cramps. Additionally, other underlying health conditions such as endometriosis or gastrointestinal issues may contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms during menstruation.


Given the severity of your symptoms, I recommend seeking further evaluation and guidance from your healthcare provider. A thorough assessment can help identify any underlying causes of your nausea and vomiting during your menstrual period and guide appropriate management strategies to alleviate your discomfort.


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