Menopause is a normal biological event that occurs in all women, usually about age 50. The official diagnosis is made after the loss of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. The ovaries stop producing female hormones, causing many different symptoms.
What is menopause?
Techincally, menopause is referred to as "ovarian failure". The ovaries lose the ability to produce eggs, so the menstrual periods stop. Menopause is a normal part of the aging process for women. Menopause changes your hormone levels and marks the end of your reproductive years. Your estrogen levels decrease dramatically during this time, which causes most of the symptoms commonly associated with menopause.
Menopause usually begins with a phase often referred to as perimenopause. During perimenopause, the supply of mature eggs in your ovaries decreases and your production of estrogen and progesterone fluctuates and also diminishes. This typically lasts three to five years and includes skipped periods, shorter cycles, increased PMS and hot flashes that come and go unpredictably.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
- Hot and/or cold flashes along with night sweats
- Discomfort during sex (usually due to vaginal dryness)
- Dry skin, eyes, or mouth
- A need to urinate more often
- Insomnia, waking up frequently at night, difficulty falling back asleep
- Emotional issues (irritability, mood swings, and mild depression)
It's not uncommon to have other uncomfortable symptoms as well, including:
- Headaches, as well as joint and muscle pains
- Decreased libido
- Difficulty concentrating, along with memory lapses
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
After menopause, women are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and urinary incontinence.
How is menopause treated?
- Lifestyle changes (better diet, decreased alcohol and caffeine use, increased exercise, stress reduction)
- Various vitamins and supplements are said to help the symptoms, although most of these claims have no proof. The list of "remedies" is too long to print, plus it keeps changing
- Over the counter medications such as sleep aids can help with some of the symptoms
- Hormone therapy (including low-dose hormone pills, skin patches, topical gels or creams, or bioidentical hormone therapy in the form of pellets placed under the skin)
To determine the correct course of action, the doctors at Pasadena Pellet Therapy will take into account your age, overall health and medical history, as well as what your symptoms are, how often they occur, their severity, and what you’re currently doing to deal with them. The doctors will educate you on menopause and determine which of your symptoms are from menopause and which are connected to the natural process of aging. Your tolerance for specific medicines, procedures, or therapies are taken into consideration before a treatment plan is created.