During middle age a woman’s menstrual cycle stops for at least 6 to 12 months. This is caused by due a rapid decrease in levels of the female hormone estrogen. The average age of menopausal women is 52.
Women can experience symptoms of perimenopause as early as age 35. If a woman has a positive attitude and properly manages changes in her body, she has a much better chance of remaining active and healthy even through this change.
Signs and Symptoms of Menopause
Common symptoms of menopause may include: insomnia hot flashes irregular menses a dryness in the vagina a change in mental attitude
It is important to note that each woman is different and may experience different symptoms. These symptoms can occur immediately or over time.
These symptoms are not always warning signs of menopause. They can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to see a physician if you have any of these symptoms. Only a doctor can make a proper diagnosis.
Menopause Preparedness and Treatment Options Consult with a physician as a first step in any preparedness or treatment program Exercise regularly and have a low-fat diet that includes high fiber Limit the use of alcohol or cigarettes . Maintain a good healthy weight Discuss the Hormone Replacement Therapy option with your doctor Have your blood pressure, triglycerides, blood sugar and cholesterol checked on a regular basis Menopause can increase risks of heart disease and other conditions. Regular appointments with you physician can help more successfully manage this transition in life.
Menopause is a time of life that results in many changes. Being aware of these changes and keeping in close consultation with your physician may help increase the odds of easing this transition.