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    20 Eye-Opening Things About Menopause You Probably Didn't Know

    We had questions, so we got answers.

    By definition, menopause is going 12 months without a period after the age of 40. But what else is there to know about menopause?

    TBH, we had a lot of questions about it. So, we spoke with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a New York-based OB-GYN and co-author of The Complete A to Z for Your V (Fair Winds Press, 2017), to get her expert response to a bunch of our questions.

    1. What, medically speaking, actually happens during menopause?

    2. What triggers menopause?

    3. Does everyone (who has a uterus and ovaries) experience menopause?

    4. What are the first signs of menopause?

    5. Is there such a thing as a “phantom menopause?” Like, you think you're going through menopause and then all of the sudden your period shows up?

    6. Is it possible to experience menopause when you’re relatively young – say, like, in your early 30s or 40s?

    7. What is the average age for menopause? Is there one?

    8. I've heard people say they've experienced a "menopause period" – WHAT is that?!

    9. If your uterus is taken out and you no longer have a period, will you have menopause?

    10. Can taking birth control for a long period of time have effects on menopause?

    11. Is it possible to skip menopause entirely? Do some people NEVER go through it?

    12. What are some things women could do to ease symptoms of menopause?

    13. What is hormone therapy? I’ve heard this phrase a lot related to menopause.

    14. What can you do to help symptoms like dry skin and brittle hair?

    15. How long can menopause symptoms last?

    16. What exactly is happening to your physiology when you have “hot flashes”?

    17. Has there ever been a case where someone got pregnant after going through menopause?

    18. What happens to your “unused” eggs during menopause – are there even any unused eggs?

    19. Is it possible to avoid menopause forever? Like, say if you just took hormones until you died.

    20. WTF is the point anyway of menopause?