Menopause Belly: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

What Is Menopause?

Menopause occurs when you reach a certain age, although it varies for different people, but usually from 50 and above. You may notice that your periods are becoming more sporadic or are shorter than they used to be.

This is a sign that you approaching menopause, which is a natural part of aging. Perimenopause [1] is the stage before your period finally stops, it could last for months or years, and menopause is marked by going 12 months without having a period at the end of this transition.

With menopause not only does your period come to an end, but you also experience a lot of other changes in your body. Changes in your body’s hormones and rapidly shifting moods are common, and you may also notice weight gain around your midsection. Some people refer to this symptom as “menopause belly.”

Your body shape may change without weight gain, or you may gain weight that all seems to land around your midsection. It may feel as though this belly bulge is inevitable, however, there are a lot of factors you can manage.