Hormones affect a number of health areas for women. As you near menopause, or the time in which your menstrual cycle begins to end, your hormones begin to shift their balance. This change can cause you some serious negative symptoms. It’s a wise idea to have a generalized understanding of your hormones during this time of life, along with the options that exist for helping to regulate your levels and manage symptoms.
Menopause is the time in which your period stops. There can be quite a few years leading up to this point, and you aren’t considered officially into menopause until you’ve gone an entire year without a period. The reason for this distinction is that hormone fluctuation can cause periods to be irregular. This time is commonly referred to as “the change” or “the change of life.” Throughout the period leading up to menopause, known as perimenopause, your body will start to lower its production of estrogen and progesterone. The onset of the process is typically between 45 and 55 years of age, though it can happen sooner.
Symptoms of Menopause
The symptoms of menopause vary by individual based on heredity and specific hormone levels. However, there are some that are rather common among most women. You’ll likely begin to see changes in your period. Heavy flow is frequently experienced, though it could also be lighter. The time in between periods can also become erratic and unexpected. Hot flashes around the neck, chest and face are classic symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes don’t involve sweating, but many women will also experience night sweats. Unrelated insomnia is another regular issue during this time for some. You may notice some changes to your vaginal region. The vaginal walls often become thin, and dryness can occur. Sex may also be painful.
About Menopause Treatment
Those dealing with severe issues may wish to look into women’s hormone therapy. During a consultation at Envoque MD, our specialist will work with you to best determine a course of treatment to alleviate your specific symptoms. Not all women are candidates for the treatment, but many do find relief from their uncomfortable menopausal symptoms through hormone therapy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Mesa or Scottsdale!