Many patients are searching for “menopause signs”, “menopause symptoms” and “menopause definition”. I thought it would be a good idea to discuss these terms to provide better clarity for patients and those wondering if they are experiencing menopause.
Menopause is defined as the period of time in a woman’s life where there is a cessation of menstruation, typically occurring between the ages of 45-55. This often is accompanied by the appearance of many signs and symptoms as listed below.
Menopause signs and symptoms include most commonly, hot flashes, otherwise known as vasomotor symptoms, insomnia or waking at night in a cold sweat, fatigue during the day time hours, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, anxiety or feelings of tension, metal fogginess, decrease enjoyment in life, weight gain, loss of menstruation and headaches among others.
Menopause can be a concerning and sometimes distressing time for many women, but with proper understanding and appropriate care, it can be a relatively easy transition. Some women simply need to understand what is happening to their bodies and require no further treatment. For others, menopause can be a difficult time that requires medical intervention including laboratory testing, and hormone replacement therapy.
There are many options for hormone replacement therapy, and women should select a doctor who is knowledgeable in all forms of therapy including bioidentical hormone replacement.
Most important is to be informed of your options and the safety of those options.
If you wish to learn more about menopause and safe treatment options, please call for a consultation at 484-788-2391.