Menopause marks a significant point in a woman’s life. This is the time when she leaves her child-bearing years and stops having periods. As your body transitions through this process, we help you manage the less enjoyable aspects of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Menopause officially begins after going a full year without vaginal bleeding. Other changes occur during this time, including a decrease in hormone production. There is a spectrum of time when menopause appears but most commonly happens between the ages of 49 and 52.
Before menopause, you will experience perimenopause. This is a transition period that usually occurs several years earlier. The ovaries begin producing less estrogen once a woman enters her 40’s. Perimenopause lasts an average of four years and includes common symptoms like:
- Hot flashes
- Tender breasts
- Decreased sex drive
- Urinary urgency and leakage
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping
You may notice some of the same symptoms when you enter menopause, including hot flashes, fatigue, and insomnia. There may be some new signs that appear as well, including:
- Joint or muscle pain
The experience is different for every woman, so you may not notice all of the symptoms listed here.