Menopause

ADULT AND GERIATRICS
Menopause
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our researchers are actively exploring new medications to manage menopause symptoms.
  • We offer comprehensive, compassionate care.
  • We understand this change can be difficult for women and tailor treatment to her needs.

Many women experience apprehension about the physical effects of menopause—a normal process of aging—but this life transition can usually be managed effectively. 

At Yale Medicine, our physicians are here to help. First, we listen. Then, we explain what is happening during this biological change and go over various treatment and management options. Our researchers have long been leaders in the exploration of many menopause-related topics, including hormone replacement therapy to treatment common symptoms including insomnia, hot flashes and depression. 

"We are at the forefront of understanding menopause, developing new medications and weighing the benefits and risks of new drugs," says Yale Medicine's Hugh Taylor, MD, chair of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences.

Sometimes called the “change of life,” menopause signals the end of a woman’s ability to have children. This transition usually occurs at some point between age 45 and 55 with the average age of menopause being 51. A woman is considered menopausal when 12 months have passed since her last menses.

Menopause, Dr. Taylor notes, does not come on abruptly. "It's not you are producing hormones one day and you wake up the next with none and hot flashes," he says. "There is a waxing and waning over a period of about a year."