“When do women go through menopause, and why does it happen?” It’s a question that all women ask, and certainly one that all women need the answer to. As a woman ages, her body begins to change and prepare itself for a time when childbearing is no longer necessary or even possible. This stage of life is called menopause and occurs one year after the last menstrual cycle. It also signals the end of any true menstrual cycles a woman will experience in her lifetime.

Hitting Pause

All women will naturally experience menopause as their production of reproductive hormones decrease. Some women, however, may begin menopause as the result of factors including hysterectomy; primary ovarian insufficiency, which is a failure of the ovaries to produce normal levels of progesterone and estrogen; or cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Flashing Signals

There are many signs of menopause familiar to the general public. But while the average age of menopause in women is between 40 and 50 years old, some women experience signs of early menopause before the age of 40.

Common signs of menopause include:

  • Drastic, frequent changes in mood
  • Hot flashes
  • Lower libido
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increased perspiration
  • Frequent headaches
  • Vaginal soreness or pain
  • Lack of vaginal moisture
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Painful intercourse
  • Loss of fullness in the breasts
  • Thinning hair
  • Thinning skin
  • Changes in metabolism that may cause weight gain

Stop the Issues

Some of these signs of menopause are, of course, more troubling than others. Regardless of their degree of severity, however, they can all affect the quality of a woman’s life. By seeking out the care and guidance of a urogynecologist or other women’s healthcare specialist, menopause relief can be found and all options of menopause treatment can be discussed in detail.

Depending on a woman’s specific needs, some cases of menopause are treatable with natural menopause remedies such as acupuncture, meditation, and the use of herbal menopause supplements. Lifestyle changes may also be effective, as some women find that their symptoms are managed through a healthier diet and becoming more active. The avoidance of triggers like caffeine and spicy food, smoking cessation, and lowering the levels of alcohol consumption have also proven to be highly beneficial. Some women may find that they benefit from hormone replacement therapy to correct the hormone imbalance that is causing their hot flashes. The use of a bioidentical hormone is often the best method of treatment in cases such as these. Further options include the use of lubricants, non-estrogen prescriptions, or estrogen creams to increase vaginal moisture and ease the pain of intercourse. Hot flashes and mood swings can often be well managed with prescription medications including anti-depressants, blood pressure medicines, or anti-seizure drugs.

Don’t let your hopes of a vibrant, vital future full of health come to a stop! Call the compassionate team of experts at Coyle Institute for a consultation today!