What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life. During menopause a woman’s body goes through a number of physical and emotional changes as her hormones fluctuate. The hormonal changes are responsible for the signs and symptoms of menopause.
Hormonal Changes and Symptoms
Menopause brings changes to a woman’s body because of decreased estrogen and progesterone levels. This decrease in hormone levels can cause a number of symptoms and changes, including:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Decrease in fertility
- Weight gain
- Sleep disturbances
When Does Menopause occur?
The average age for menopause is 51, but every woman is different. Peri-menopause is the phase when the body transitions from regular menstruation cycles to menopause, and can last from a few months to several years. Peri-menopause can begin in a woman’s 40s, or earlier in some cases.
The hormonal changes associated with menopause can be managed in a variety of ways. Treatments may include lifestyle changes, such as exercise and diet modifications, as well as menopause symptoms relief, hormone replacement therapy, and medications or supplements. Menopause treatment, including Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), should be discussed with a healthcare provider to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Menopause is a natural part of life, but it can be difficult for women to understand the changes their body goes through, and to cope with the symptoms. Making lifestyle modifications, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and seeing a healthcare provider can help women manage their symptoms and make this transition in life easier.