Did it Suddenly Get Hot in Here?
The Cold Truth about menopause, hot flashes and hormones run amok
Menopause is unavoidable. It’s defined by a complete end to menstrual periods and is a transition to the nonfertile years in a woman’s life. Realistically, it also means a wide range of symptoms that can be visible to others and, at times, embarrassing. The average age for menopause is 51, but it can happen at a much earlier age for some women.
While menopause is medically defined as the time of the last period, remember that women who have their uterus removed but keep their ovaries do not immediately go into menopause even though their periods stop. However, women who have their ovaries removed immediately go into surgical menopause, regardless of their age.
- Changes in Libido
- Hot Flashes
- Irregular Periods
- Mood Swings
- Night Sweats
- Sleep Disturbances
- Vaginal Dryness
- Weight Gain
- Menopause can last as long as 10 years.
- Moderate weight gain during menopause is normal.
- Unless you are postmenopausal, you can still get pregnant.
- Natural menopause happens on its own and comes in three stages: perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.
- Surgical menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries are removed, regardless of her age.
- Depending on your medical history, risk factors and beliefs, Hormone Replacement Therapy can be an excellent choice for treating symptoms.
- Holistic treatments, such as black cohosh and evening primrose oil, are often used to treat hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.
Women are unique for all they do, working hard at their jobs and for their families. They’re active, strong and resourceful.
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