Menopause is defined as the final menstrual period and is confirmed when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months. Menopause is associated with the reduced functioning of the ovaries due to aging which results in the lowering of estrogen and other hormones. On average, menopause occurs around the age of 51 and marks the end of child bearing.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the transition from the reproductive years through menopause. During this time a woman may experience many changes, including:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Emotional changes
- Memory and concentration changes
- Vaginal dryness
Each woman experiences these changes differently and their needs in the transition vary.
Common menopause treatment options vary by individual. A provider may recommend lifestyle changes over-the-counter remedies, prescription therapies, hormone therapy, or non-hormonal therapy.
If you’d like to learn more about the menopause treatment and management we provide at Consultants in Women’s Healthcare.