Menopause is a natural part of life as normal as menstruation or having a baby. All women eventually enter menopause though some sooner than later. When menopause occurs, the body stops producing an egg each month during ovulation and menstruation halts. Aside from changes to menstrual cycles, women entering menopause may begin to experience side effects of hormonal changes, such as hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and thinning hair.
Did you know…
that the average age of onset for menopause is 51 for American women? However, menopause is most likely to occur at any time between the ages of 40 and 60. Some women even go through early menopause, which is menopause that occurs before the age of 40. In extremely rare cases, early menopause can occur as young as a woman’s teens or 20s.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is menopause?
Menopause is the natural end of a woman's reproductive years, typically occurring between ages 45-50. It is marked by the cessation of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months due to hormonal changes in the ovaries. Menopause is associated with various physical and hormonal changes. Proper management and support from a healthcare provider can help women navigate this phase of life and maintain their overall health and well-being.
What are the symptoms of Menopause?
Menopause can present with a range of symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, irregular periods, sleep disturbances, and changes in urinary patterns. Changes that can happen are bone density loss, weight gain, and cognitive changes. However, symptoms can vary greatly among women. If you are experiencing symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, it's best to consult with your gynaecologist for personalized evaluation and management options.
Could I be going through menopause?
Perimenopause is the period when menstruation and ovulation are erratic and menopausal symptoms are beginning to set in. It is typically considered that menopause has taken place after a woman has gone for a year without experiencing menstrual periods. If you are experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, which usually occurs between the ages of 45-50, you could be approaching menopause. However, it is uncommon for menopause to occur before the age of 40.
What should I expect from my gynaecologist when I am entering menopause?
Your doctor will confirm that your symptoms are related to perimenopause or menopause, and he or she will explain the types of symptoms you can expect in the coming months and years. He/ She may also speak to you about hormone replacement therapy, which can help you manage the hormonal changes that occur as your menstrual cycles stop.
Is there anything that I can do to alleviate the symptoms of menopause?
If menopausal symptoms are affecting your daily routine, seek advice from your doctor regarding the various ways you can treat or manage it’s symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, etc.