Menopause occurs when a woman’s natural production of sex hormones estrogen and progesterone tapers off as she gets older. In most cases, menopause begins during a woman’s 40s, with periods ending in the early to mid-50s. Although the term “menopause” is often used to describe the entire range of symptoms that occur prior to cessation of menstruation, the term really refers to the time when a woman has completely stopped having her periods for 12 consecutive months. The time leading up to that point is more correctly referred to as perimenopause or premenopause.
Menopause (or perimenopause) can cause an array of symptoms, including:
Symptoms can vary in their severity, and not all women will have all these symptoms. Some women have very few symptoms during the time leading up to menopause, while others can experience very severe symptoms that can interfere with daily living.
Menorrhagia refers to very heavy periods - so heavy, they can be difficult to manage with tampons or pads alone. Women with menorrhagia must change pads very often - sometimes every hour or so, even during sleep. Heavy periods are often associated with fatigue or feelings of weakness or lightheadedness. About one in every 20 women has menorrhagia during perimenopause. The condition can be treated with minimally-invasive procedures or hormone replacement therapy.
Although menopause is a natural occurrence for women, the symptoms associated with the decline in hormones can be disruptive and unpleasant. Fortunately, there are treatments available to address specific symptoms, like vaginal dryness, mood “swings,” sleep issues and heavy periods. Hormone replacement therapy with bioidentical hormones is also very effective in treating the complete array of menopause-related symptoms, helping women relieve many symptoms so they can enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, MonaLisa Touch has been very effective in treating menopausal conditions.
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