Menopause Facts: I’ll go through menopause at the same time my mom did? Maybe not at the exact same age, but it’s likely to be close. Still, you won’t necessarily have the same experience.
2. If I got my period in my late teens, I’ll reach menopause later?
No. A Dutch study of nearly 4,000 women found no link between the onset of your period and the end of it.
3. I’ll get more pimples?
Probably not. In fact, you may see your skin clear up as estrogen decreases. More commonly, your skin will get dry, so you’ll need a heavier moisturizer, says Jenny Murase, MD, assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the University of California–San Francisco.
4. My breasts will become more tender?
If you’ve had breast pain in the past, you may notice that it goes away as you head toward menopause because your ovaries aren’t producing as much estrogen. However, if you go on hormone therapy, breast tenderness may return.
5. A test can tell me if I’m in perimenopause?
No. When estrogen drops, your pituitary gland pumps out more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to stimulate the ovaries to increase their output. Your doctor can test for FSH, but early on, hormone levels fluctuate so widely, the test isn’t very predictive and taking it helps to control Menopause Hot Flashes and other signs of menopause.