“How Long Is a Piece of String?” is the best answer I can give you. This will take place over months, or even years! We’re all individual (like fingerprints) and this is your journey, so please don’t compare yourself with anyone else. We just have to find what works for you, for however long your personal journey is.
Hopefully, to give you some hope… I went through mine naturally after a full, emergency hysterectomy and dealt with all my symptoms, using natural remedies and supplements, as soon as they came along. I didn’t suffer at all through my journey and that’s now 18 years later – although I still sometimes have a night sweat, but hey-ho, on the grand scheme of things, I can certainly deal with that!