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Menopause

NIKKI PRIESTLEY
Oct 15, 2020

5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Menopause

Menopause is defined as the absence of a menstrual cycle for at least a year.

While many women dread menopause and the symptoms that come with it, many women find that going through menopause requires little medical attention and comes with great relief! Menopause can bring relief from painful or heavy periods and other PMS symptoms.

Keep reading to learn 5 things every woman should know about menopause!

1. At what age does menopause occur?

The age at which women experience menopause varies, but it typically occurs in your late forties or early fifties.

2. Why does menopause occur?

Menopause is a natural process that occurs as you age. As your reproductive system slows down, your body decreases its production of estrogen and progesterone in your ovaries. Eventually leading to the end of your menstrual cycle, marking the end of fertility.

3. What symptoms should I expect?

The most common symptom experienced by menopausal women is hot flashes. Some women also experience joint pain, mood swings, insomnia, weight gain, libido changes, vaginal dryness, abdominal bloating, and hair and skin changes.

4. What are my treatment options?

You should talk to your doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatment options. Here are a few things that may help manage your symptoms.

- eat lots of fruits and vegetables - exercise regularly - drink plenty of water - reduce refined sugar and processed foods

5. What is the difference between menopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause?

Menopause is the time after your menstrual periods stop permanently.

Perimenopause is the time frame when your periods start to become irregular to the time when your periods stop completely.

Postmenopause is the time after you reach menopause.

Menopause is nothing to fear. Generally, menopause symptoms can be managed or reduced with lifestyle changes. Reach out to your doctor to discuss treatment options that may benefit you!

To find out more, have a listen to these experts.....

NIKKI PRIESTLEY
BSc (Hons) PgCert MCSP AACP
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