Menopause is a natural transition that every woman goes through, typically in their late 40s to early 50s. It marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycles and fertility.
The lead up to menopause is called perimenopause. This transition phase can last 4-5 years on average. During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone levels start to fluctuate and decline. As a result, women may experience various symptoms like:
Once a woman has gone 12 months without a menstrual cycle, she has officially entered menopause. This means she can no longer get pregnant naturally. The ovaries will decrease production of estrogen and progesterone.
The average age for menopause is 51 in the United States. However, it can occur anywhere between ages 45-55. Smoking, family history, and other factors influence when menopause begins.
Some women go through early menopause, either naturally or due to surgery, illness, or genetics. Early menopause before age 45 is linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and other health issues.
The transition through perimenopause and into menopause can be eased through lifestyle changes:
If symptoms persist, women should consult their healthcare provider about hormone therapy options. Bioidentical hormones from Balance Clinic can help alleviate hot flashes, vaginal atrophy, and support bone and heart health during the menopausal transition. Their personalized plans combine nutrition, fitness, and cutting edge hormone treatments to empower women to thrive through perimenopause and beyond!
Understanding the changes is the first step. With support and early action, women can transition through menopause smoothly and on their own terms. We're here to listen without judgement, answer your questions, and provide solutions tailored just for you. Contact Balance Clinic today to schedule your free consultation!