Menopause Basics: What You Should Know Before It Starts

By Sheryl Kraft
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
August 05, 2022
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It’s usually in your 40s when you notice that your body, your moods, and your general self is changing.

You gaze into the mirror and wonder: Who is that stranger staring back at me?

Some months, your periods are as erratic as your moods, veering from light and breezy to serious and willful. (That favorite pair of white pants? Might want to think twice.)