Menopause is the natural stage of a woman’s life when her period stops, typically after the age of 45. Menopause happens because the ovaries stop the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone – both of which are necessary for becoming pregnant. It is officially diagnosed in a woman when she has not had a menstrual cycle in 12 consecutive months.
While menopause is a naturally occurring process, it can often bring forth many unwanted side effects that are difficult to deal with and impact quality of life. It is important to understand that a qualified physician can help women through this dreaded phase of life. Hormone replacement therapy is just one way to manage your menopause symptoms. An effective and individual treatment plan can also consider menopause symptoms that have been exaggerated by stress, thyroid, adrenal or even food-related factors. Some women find relief from natural remedies and certain lifestyle changes.
Am I in Menopause?
You don’t necessarily have to count your missed periods to know you are in menopause. Perimenopause, which can begin in your early 40’s, can include many of the same disruptive symptoms of menopause.
Menopause affects all women differently as their chemical makeups can vary drastically from person to person. However, the most common menopause symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Emotional stress
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sex drive
- Worsening PMS symptoms
- Irregular periods before they completely cease
- Sadness, depression, or anxiety
- Frequent urination
- Onset of osteoporosis
If you are struggling to cope with the effects of menopause, please seek help from our experienced physicians at Rapid Healthcare. Menopause can last 7 to 14 years, so it is important that you find the relief you need. Our Bolingbrook clinic offers a full spectrum of services in women’s health to help you feel your best through every stage of life.
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