Definition:Menopause is defined as the absence of your menstrual cycle for one year (12 months). Menopause can begin anytime after you turn 30 or into your late 60s, with an average start age of 51.
There are many physical symptoms you may experience in the months and years, leading up to menopause (perimenopause). These symptoms include:
It is also very common to skip menstrual cycles during perimenopause, especially in the year or two leading up to menopause.
There are a number of factors that can cause menopause symptoms.
- Natural Decline of Reproductive Hormones. As you age, your ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone.
- Chemotherapy and Radiation. Some cancer treatments can begin the symptoms of menopause. Following treatment, it is possible that your menstrual cycle may resume.
- Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. Approximately 1% of women experience menopause before the age of 40 (premature menopause).
- Hysterectomy. A partial hysterectomy (removing the uterus but not the ovaries) typically does not cause immediate menopause. A total hysterectomy, however, will cause you to have immediate and abrupt menopause and can lead to more severe symptoms.
Menopause is a naturally occurring part of life. While we do not treat menopause itself, we do treat the symptoms of menopause. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is customized to the patient and is designed to improve the balance of your primary hormones that have depleted over the years. Biologists structure these hormones to mirror exactly the hormones naturally found in the human body. The body treats these hormones as it would the natural hormones it produces, nearly eliminating any possibility of negative side effects.
Menopause relief is available. Treatment of your menopausal symptoms is available in all 3 of our Renew Health & Wellness locations: