What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural transition experienced by women near the end of their reproductive years. At menopause, the ovaries stop producing eggs and the body’s synthetization of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone decreases. This transition typically occurs around the age of 51, but can occur earlier in the mid-40s.
Signs & Symptoms of Menopause
During menopause, women may experience a variety of short- and long-term changes including:
- Changes in menstrual cycle regularity
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disturbances
- Decline in bone density
- Low libido
Managing Menopause Symptoms
Menopause can be a difficult transition, but there are ways to manage the symptoms. The most common treatments for menopause relief include:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a balanced diet
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol
- Getting enough sleep
- Using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications
- Taking supplements like black cohosh and evening primrose oil
These treatments can help reduce the severity and frequency of menopause symptoms. It’s important to talk to your doctor before starting any new menopause treatments.
Living with Menopause
Though the transition to menopause can be difficult, it’s important for women to remember that it’s a natural and normal part of life. Finding ways to cope with the symptoms and maintain a healthy lifestyle is key to making the transition more comfortable.