Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It usually occurs 12 months after your last menstrual period and can happen around age 40 or 50. Menopause is a natural process in a woman’s cycle and most women remain healthy, vital, and sexual regardless of the change. However, there are some symptoms associated with menopause that can be disruptive for day-to-day activities.
It is common for some signs and symptoms to be prevalent In the months or years leading up to menopause. This can include:
It is common to experience irregularity in your periods, such as lighter or shorter periods or skipping them altogether. Often, menstrual periods will occur every two to four months during perimenopause, especially one to two years before menopause. If any of the symptoms are persistent enough to trouble you or interfere with quality of life, don't hesitate to seek treatment.
Many effective treatments are available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy. Generally, treatments will focus on relieving signs and symptoms of menopause and preventing or managing any chronic conditions that may occur with aging. Speaking with your health care professional is the best way to determine which treatment option will be best for you. Some of the options include:
Treatments may include:
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