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Even though menopause is a natural part of aging and every woman will go through it, each experience is unique. Changes in your body will happen slowly, usually between the ages of 45 and 55. During menopause, your body is slowly producing less estrogen and progesterone, hormones that prepare the lining of the uterus for fertilized eggs among other things.
The first sign that you are going through menopause will be missed periods. In some women, this may be the only symptom they see. Others can experience a variety of symptoms that include:
Although symptoms of menopause make life a little more difficult than usual, the good news is, they won’t last forever and usually subside once menopause is complete. There is, however, some things you can do to help get you through this life change and make symptoms more manageable.
Hormone therapy involves taking two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These hormone levels drop during menopause. Treatment may be prescribed as pills, skin patches, creams, vaginal suppositories, vaginal rings, shot or pellets placed in blood. If you’ve had a stroke or heart attack, have liver disease or have had blood clots, hormone therapy may not be right for you. Hormone therapy may increase your chances of getting blood clots, having heart attacks, strokes, gall bladder disease or breast cancer.
If you are going through menopause and would like to discuss your options of treatment, we are happy to walk you through what options are available and some possible ways that you can manage your symptoms.
The North American Menopause Society
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services