It’s time we talk about menopause. For too long it’s been an embarrassing or taboo subject but all women go through this natural change. And it’s time we speak about menopause openly and honestly.
So, what are the signs of menopause? How do women know that the process has started? And what can they expect from the menopause process?
Read about the key signs and symptoms of menopause below.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is a process of hormonal decline in females when they are no longer fertile. Post-menopausal women no longer have a period because they do not ovulate. Women usually experience menopause after the age of 45 and the average age of menopause in the United States is 51 years old.
Women may experience certain symptoms before or during the menopause process that indicate the change is happening but it’s nothing to worry about. If you have specific medical concerns about menopause, talk to your doctor.
Signs of Menopause
Technically, menopause does not start until after 12 months of missed periods. The term perimenopause refers to the transition to menopause. Perimenopause can happen several months or even years before menopause.
During perimenopause, women may experience symptoms that they usually refer to as menopause symptoms. The most obvious sign of menopause is irregular periods. They may be closer together, further apart, or missed entirely.
About 80% of women experience hot flashes or night sweats as a part of menopause and many women have trouble sleeping. Other potential symptoms of menopause include:
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Changes in hair growth
- Vaginal dryness
One of the less obvious signs of menopause is bone loss. Bone density decreases during the process of menopause which can put a woman at higher risk of breaking a bone. To test for bone density, visit your doctor.
Worried about signs of early menopause? Many of the symptoms are the same except early menopause happens at a younger age (under 45 years old). Some women experiencing early menopause may also have urinary problems such as incontinence or frequent urination.
Treatment for Menopause
Menopause is a natural part of aging for women. But there are treatment options to make the symptoms more bearable. Some women use ice packs or fans for hot flashes and over-the-counter medication for vaginal dryness.
If you’re interested in treatment for menopause, look here for more. There are hormonal therapies and bone loss therapies that might be right for you. Menopause is a normal process but treatment options can make the process easier.
Embrace Menopause With Pride
You no longer have to wonder, what is menopause like? Knowing the signs of menopause can help you prepare or seek treatment. Talk to your doctor about menopause if you feel worried or confused.
Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life and you should not feel ashamed about this stage of life.
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