What It’s Like to Have Your Last Period Before Menopause

By Lauren Krouse
March 14, 2023

Ask anyone who’s been through menopause what their last period was like, and you’ll get anything within a wide range of responses. That’s because experiences with perimenopause and menopause can vary quite a bit from person to person.

The path to your final period, known as perimenopause, can last from two to eight years. Or it can happen all at once after a medical procedure. Some people might know it’s their last period, and others may not realize it until much later. Leading up to it, some experience occasional annoyances like spotting, and others have life-disrupting hot flashes, mood swings, trouble sleeping, and/or vaginal dryness.

To get a sense of what the experience can be like for different people, I asked five women about their last periods before menopause. They shared their stories and things you might consider as you wonder, “Is this it?”