Menopause occurs when your period stops permanently and you’re no longer able to get pregnant. After you haven’t gotten your period for 12 months, you’re officially in menopause. For women in the United States, the average age for menopause is 51 ½.
During menopause, your body makes less of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone. As these hormones decrease, they cause specific physical and emotional changes:
Menopause also increases your risk of less obvious health problems like osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
Perimenopause is the time your body transitions into menopause, and it lasts around four years.
During perimenopause, hormone levels change randomly, causing unpredictable symptoms. Your periods may be irregular because you aren’t ovulating every month. Your periods can be light one month and heavy another, or they may just skip a few months altogether.
Many women experience menopause symptoms during perimenopause. Perimenopause begins in the mid to late 40s for most women. Discuss period irregularities and any other symptoms with Dr. Mann and her team.
Dr. Mann and her team can replace estrogen and progestin to avoid most menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and thin bones. Before she does that, though, she reviews your health history and symptoms to determine if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
Healthy lifestyle choices are also great ways to balance symptoms and stay healthy and productive. Regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and natural stress reducers work wonders on your mood.
Menopause is the beginning of a new and beautiful phase of life, but you don’t have to live with the unwanted changes that naturally come with it. Schedule your appointment online or by telephone to learn more about how to take on menopause.