Menopause and Me: What You Need to Know
The “M” word is something most women are familiar with, but often prefer to avoid discussing because of the negative association it has developed over time. Menopause is a natural occurrence and plays an important role in the reproductive health of women over 40. As a rite of passage, not unlike puberty, the transition into menopause can seem overwhelming without the right information. If you or your loved one are beginning to experience early symptoms, here are a few fast facts to help you prepare and reduce stress!
What is Menopause?
As we said above, menopause is a natural process that every woman will experience in her lifetime. Menopause begins as a woman’s ovaries begin to produce lower levels of estrogen and progesterone, both of which control menstruation and ovulation. Once the ovaries no longer release an egg every month, menstruation stops, signaling the beginning of menopause.
As this process looks different for every individual, there are quite a few myths that often lead to confusion. A few common misconceptions include:
Menopause only begins at age 50, and can be treated with medication
While it is uncommon for a woman to experience symptoms of perimenopause (a precursor to full menopause) before age 40, it is not unheard of. Full menopausal symptoms tend to appear between the ages of 45-55 and can vary in intensity. There is no medication that prevents the onset of menopause, but there are many options available that can help ease symptoms and help you settle into the process with more comfort.
Only Some Women Experience Menopause
Simply put, this is false. All women will experience some form of menopause, though symptoms will differ from one female to another.
Menopause Causes Women to Gain Substantial Weight
Weight gain is a common occurrence; however, it is more likely tied to poor eating habits and an inactive lifestyle.
What Are the Early Symptoms?
While the signs of menopause will vary from woman to woman, common symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
If you are between 45 and 55, and it has been more than 12 months since your last consistent menstrual cycle, you may have begun the transition into menopause. Speaking with your health care practitioner can help address any initial concern.
At Vivaca, we believe in providing natural health options to help women of all backgrounds embrace menopause with ease. Find out about our all-natural, hormone-free, solution by contacting our team today!