Home > Medical > Menopause What happens during menopause? So what actually happens when you become menopausal? What happens to your body and how does this affect you? Joint pain in menopause Many women suffer joint pain as one of their earliest symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes common before menopause Most women expect hot flashes as a part of the "change of life", but more than half start sweating before menopause has actually begun, according to a survey. Latest in Menopause 'Brain fog' during menopause is real According to researchers, it is common for menopausal women to experience what is known as 'brain fog' – forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly. Hot flashes at night linked to depression A study found that women who believed they had frequent nighttime hot flashes were more likely to develop mild symptoms of depression than those who thought they had few or no nighttime hot flashes. Early menopause may lead to depression Research suggests that women who are exposed to oestrogen for longer are less likely to experience depression later in life. Menopause and the threat of obesity “Middle-age spread” isn’t just a humorous term. Many menopausal women associate this life phase with a widening midriff. What should you know? load more Your Menopause Guide The term “menopause” means cessation of menstruation during the time of the climacteric. The climacteric is the transition period in a woman's life when the ovaries stop producing eggs regularly. Production of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone declines, and menstruation decreases and eventually stops. The exact event of menopause (the permanent cessation of menstruation) can only be determined retrospectively after no menstrual periods have occurred for 12 consecutive months. The range for the age of natural menopause is approximately between 48 to 55 years old. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of menopause here. What is menopause? Symptoms of menopause Causes of menopause Diagnosing menopause Treating menopause How menopause harms the body Non-prescription medication and natural remedies for menopause Who can benefit from HT? How should hormone therapy be used? How safe is hormone therapy?