Menopause ends a woman’s fertility and her menstrual cycle. The ovaries are no longer producing progesterone, testosterone and estrogen to encourage these two functions. The most common cause of menopause is getting older, but things like surgery, certain medical conditions and certain medical treatments can also induce it. Knowing when you are in menopause allows you to use the right treatments to alleviate your symptoms so that you have a higher quality of life.
When does Menopause typically begin?
The average age of menopause is age 51. However, women can start menopause much younger and this is referred to as premature menopause. It is believed that a woman’s genetic makeup determines when she starts menopause.
What are the symptoms of Menopause?
When you are in menopause, there are a number of characteristic symptoms that you experience, including:
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Racing heart
- Vaginal soreness and dryness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced sex drive
- Painful intercourse
Can Menopause be treated?
There is no treatment for menopause, but there are treatments to alleviate your symptoms by supplying your body with the lost progesterone and estrogen. Some forms of therapy come with significant risks of side effects and long-term health effects, such as increased risk of certain cancers.
The safest and most effective option is bio-identical hormone therapy. This type of therapy is natural and it introduces hormones into your body that come from plant sources. The hormones with this therapy are not synthetic like those used in medical hormone replacement therapy. This alleviates the risk of side effects and it is much safer. This is because your body sees these hormones exactly as they see those that your body produced prior to menopause.
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