Menopause is a natural part of growing older. It’s the point in a woman’s life when she has not had a menstrual period for over a year. At that time her childbearing years are over and a new phase of life begins.
For many women that phase can be one of far greater freedom, a chance to explore new interests and revisit old favorites. Whether you’re just beginning the “change of life” or have been there for a while, it’s a good idea to learn all you can about menopause. And when it comes to managing bothersome symptoms, you can turn to a specialist at MultiCare for menopause support and expert guidance on your treatment options.
As you age you begin to ovulate less often. As ovulation slows, your hormone levels fluctuate, causing changes in your periods and other, sometimes troubling, symptoms. For most women, menopause begins in their mid 40s to early 50s. However some medical treatments, such as having your ovaries removed, radiation or chemotherapy, can cause your periods to stop before age 40.
The symptoms of menopause vary and can include:
Menopause is a natural part of getting older, but if the symptoms of menopause are troubling or uncomfortable, you don’t have to suffer through them. There are a variety of things you can do to manage your symptoms. The first step is to have a healthy lifestyle. Not only can this help you reduce your symptoms, it can lower your risk of heart disease and other chronic health problems related to aging.
Here’s what to do:
If your lifestyle changes aren’t enough to relieve your symptoms, you can also try:
If you have severe menopause symptoms, you may want to ask your doctor about treatment with prescription medications, including: