As women, our bodies change and mature over the years and one of the most significant changes is menopause. By definition, menopause “[occurs] 12 months after your last menstrual period and marks the end of menstrual cycles. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.” (Mayo Clinic)
Menopause is a natural biological experience that signals the end of your fertility, but you can still live a healthy and vibrant life, including sexually. For some women, menopause is a welcome relief because pregnancy is no longer a concern. Thankfully, menopause is not a permanent experience, but there are a few changes that may occur in your body during menopause that are worth monitoring.
Signs and symptoms of menopause
The most common symptom of menopause is hot flashes. However, you may experience other signs or symptoms before you begin or as you go through menopause, such as:
- Rise in overall body temperature by as much as 2o, not limited to just hot flashes;
- Weight gain or metabolism change;
- Irregular periods;
- Night sweats;
- Vaginal discomfort or dryness;
- Loss of breast density;
- Thinning hair;
- Dry skin;
- Mood changes, including feelings of anxiety or depression.
There are more symptoms of menopause you may experience that other women may not. It’s best to consult with your doctor or one of our board-certified care physicians at ReVital if you have questions about menopause.
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