How long does menopause last?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses how long menopause symptoms usually last. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


We can break menopause into two different segments. What most people consider menopause is actually early menopause. That’s when your ovaries stop ovulating and stop producing the hormones that are associated with the ovaries. Then, there’s late menopause. This stage occurs usually five or six years after the ovaries stop functioning.

Symptoms of menopause usually begin around age 51, but the range is anywhere from 45 to 56. The initial symptoms that most people associate with early menopause usually last about five years, sometimes less. Symptoms associated with late menopause may last for the rest of your life.