Is it Menopause?
Usually sometime in your 40s, you will begin the transition from your reproductive years to menopause. The length of your cycles will start to vary and you’ll begin to skip periods. You may experience hot flashes due to decreased estrogen production by your ovaries and may have difficulty sleeping. Pregnancy is rare but not impossible, so contraception is still needed to avoid pregnancy.
This is a wonderful time to start researching this new facet of your reproductive life cycle and the beginning of new changes in your body. ASRM has several publications and videos that can help.
Start with the ASRM Topic Index where you can find information on:
ASRM also houses publications written with you in mind such as:
- Reproductive Aging in Women in the ASRM Fact Sheets and Booklets
- FDA Menopause and Hormones Fact Sheet
Or find out what your physician is reading: