Menopause is defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period and marks the end of your menstrual cycle.

Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States. Menopause is a natural biological process. Although it also ends fertility, you can stay healthy, vital and sexual. Some women feel relieved because they no longer need to worry about pregnancy.

Exercising regularly and eating healthy can help reduce the common symptoms of menopause.

You may experience physical or emotional symptoms, such as:

  • Periods that are changing: lighter, heavier, more often or less often
  • Hot flashes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Insomnia/trouble sleeping
  • Night sweats
  • Trouble focusing
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety or feelings of sadness and loss.

Don’t hesitate to seek treatment for symptoms that bother you.

Please call 757-595-9905 to schedule an appointment. Many effective treatments are available from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.

To learn more about menopause, click here.