Menopause Management

Menopause is the point in time when a woman’s menstrual cycle actually stops, while the time leading up to this point is called perimenopause. Because periods can sometimes start and stop for a variety of other reasons – such as illness or pregnancy – a woman is considered to have experienced menopause only when she has gone a full year without periods. After menopause, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant. Menopause is a normal part of life and typically affects women around the age of 51, although some women go through menopause in their 40s or later in their 50s.

menopauseBecause the hormone changes associated with menopause affect every woman differently, symptoms of menopause may vary, but typically include the following: irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal and urinary problems, difficulty sleeping, changes in mood, changes in feelings about sex, forgetfulness, weight gain and achiness or stiffness.

Although treatment for menopause is not absolutely necessary unless the symptoms are bothering you, there are methods of managing menopause symptoms that can significantly improve your comfort and quality of life. One possible treatment is menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), which involves taking the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and can reduce hot flashes and night sweats, slow bone loss, ease mood swings and treat vaginal symptoms. Contact GREFI to determine what type of menopause management is best for you.

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