I Think I’ve Hit Menopause. But How Do I Know?
Women start menopause at approximately 51 years old when the ovaries stop producing progesterone and estrogen. There are other factors that can induce menopause and some women can start earlier. However, regardless of the cause or timing, the same symptoms can occur. The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and negatively impact a woman’s quality of life. Once the symptoms start, women can use hormone replacement therapy to balance their hormones and alleviate the symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Menopause
The most common sign is that you have not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. In fact, this is the criterion that doctors use to diagnose menopause. Women are also no longer able to conceive a child due to the absence of the necessary hormones. There are other common signs that you should be on the lookout for, including:
- Urinary incontinence or frequent urination
- Lack of interest in sex
- Mood swings and feeling blue
- Vaginal soreness and dryness
- Heart palpitations
- Hot flashes and sweating
- Trouble sleeping and insomnia
- Pain during intercourse
How to Help Menopause Symptoms
Hormone replacement therapy is a very common treatment for woman in this stage of life. However, this is not ideal for all women due to the risk of side effects and other adverse health events. Women can still get relief, however, using a more natural and safe solution. This solution is known as bio-identical hormone therapy.
This type of hormone therapy utilizes plants to derive natural progesterone and estrogen to introduce into the body. They are bio-identical hormones because the body sees them as the hormones that it naturally produces. This means that your symptoms are alleviated without any additional side effects or dangers.
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