Menopause brings many changes—and many questions about those changes. We’re here to help. Here are some answers from our internal team of experts to some of the most commonly asked questions about “the change.”

What is menopause?

In the simplest terms, menopause happens when a woman stops menstruating and she can no longer get pregnant. Menopause literally means “the end of monthly cycles.” Once your body has gone a full 12 months without a period, you’ve reached menopause.1

In a broader sense, however, we use the word menopause to describe all of the changes a woman goes through, and the symptoms she experiences, as her ovaries gradually produce less estrogen and eventually stop releasing eggs.

When does the transition to menopause start?

What are symptoms of menopause?

Can menopause cause weight gain?

What is perimenopause?

How long does menopause last?

How long do menopause symptoms last?

What happens after menopause?

Is birth control necessary during menopause?

Can I take S-equol with other medications and/or hormone therapy?

What are night sweats and when might I get them?

What causes hot flashes?

What are the early signs of menopause?

What are the signs of coming to the end of menopause symptoms?

How is menopause confirmed?

Do periods suddenly stop in menopause?

What is the last stage of menopause?

What is the average age a woman stops menstruating?

What is the best natural remedy for menopause?

How do you stop hot flashes naturally?

Can hot flashes be caused by something other than menopause?

What are triggers for hot flashes?

What foods make menopause worse?

What is S-equol?

At what age does menopause start?