Menopause is diagnosed after a woman does not have her menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. This natural biological process is marked by lower amounts of progesterone and estrogen being produced by the ovaries. There are also other reasons a woman may enter this phase that are not a part of the aging process, including removal of the ovaries, primary ovarian insufficiency, radiation and chemotherapy. While menopause is a normal part of life, it can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, but women can seek treatment to alleviate them.
What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
The symptoms of menopause are associated with the reduction in estrogen and progesterone levels. These symptoms can include:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Sleep problems
- Slowed metabolism and weight gain
- Losing breast fullness
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
- Dry skin and thinning hair
How is Menopause Treated?
There are options that are natural and safe, including bio-identical hormone therapy. This therapy derives female reproductive hormones from plants so that the hormone replacement is not synthetic. This is important because the body sees the bio-identical hormones just as it sees the estrogen and progesterone that the body produces on its own. This ensures the most efficacy and it lacks side effects.
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