What Are the Signs of Menopause?

Menopause is a natural decline in reproductive hormones that typically occurs when a woman reaches her late 40s or early 50s, though it may happen earlier than 40. It is a natural part of aging, but it doesn’t have to cause you embarrassment or discomfort. There are many ways to address menopause symptoms and lower your health risks associated with aging, like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction and weight gain. To offset these risks, it’s important to eat well, stay active, limit caffeine and alcohol and quit smoking. But when you need more support, you can always count on Adriatica Women’s Health. We’ll provide results-focused treatment that’s tailored to your needs.

Common signs of menopause

Here are the most common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Sleeping difficulties/insomnia
  • Emotional changes/mood swings
  • Diminished libido
  • Sensation of rapid or uneven heartbeat
  • Memory lapses or cognitive problems
  • Vaginal dryness or infections
  • Joint pain

Understanding the difference between perimenopause and menopause

Perimenopause is the period of time right before menopause begins. It is your body’s transition into menopause, which means your hormone production from your ovaries begins to decline. During this time you may experience hot flashes, which are commonly associated with menopause. You may also experience irregular periods. When you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months, you have entered menopause. Though many menopause symptoms subside over time, some women experience hot flashes and interruptions in sleep throughout their lifetime.

First signs of perimenopause

Some symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain

Other causes of menopause

Menopause usually occurs naturally, however, there are special cases that can force menopause to occur sooner or more abruptly. These include:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (often caused by autoimmune diseases or genetic factors)

For skilled menopause treatment in McKinney and Prosper, Texas, please call Adriatica Women’s Heath at 972-542-8884. We’ll combine our expertise and level of care to give you a safe, effective treatment plan that is unique to you.

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