Menopause is a natural biological process that signals the end of fertility. It can begin as early as your 40’s and will usually occur 12 months after your last menstrual period. Many women feel a sense of relief from no longer having to be concerned about pregnancy prevention. The symptoms related to menopause can be treated with medications, topical lubricants, or oral hormone therapy depending on the type and severity of the symptoms.
During menopause a woman's body slowly produces less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This can sometimes, but not always, lead to symptoms that may cause discomfort. Common symptoms include:
The good news is the majority of these symptoms can be treated effectively by professional care.
In the months leading up to actually getting menopause, around your mid-30’s, it is important to schedule regular appointments with your doctor. This way you can be ready when the symptoms of menopause start to progress, as well as include additional screenings such as a colonoscopy, mammography, lipid screening, thyroid testing, and breast and pelvic exams for overall health maintenance.
A lot of the symptoms of menopause can also be treated at home. Some of the steps you can take to increase your comfort levels include:
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