Menopause is a time of change – change from being in a reproductive stage to a non-reproductive stage.
And menopause is normal! Every woman will eventually go through menopause during her lifetime. A woman has reached menopause when she has had an absence of periods for 12 consecutive months.
The average age of onset of menopause in the U.S. is approximately 51 years of age, but can range from 40-55. During this “change” a woman’s ovaries stop producing the high hormone levels that she was producing during her reproductive years. The ovaries stop ovulating, releasing an egg, and they levels of estrogen and progesterone plummet to very low levels. The marked decrease in estrogen, and progesterone, are responsible for the many symptoms plaguing many women during this time.
In the United States, the average life expectancy for a woman is approximately 81 years of age. Given the average age of menopause is 51, then a woman will be spending at least 1/3 of her life in this stage. To understand how best to make this time of life, a review of symptoms is needed.
What are the most common symptoms during this time?
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Decreased concentration/focus
- Decreased sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
Am I alone in this stage of life?
No, you are definitely not alone! Millions of women are experiencing these symptoms every day! In fact, women undergoing the menopausal transition represent the fastest growing population in the United States today. It is critical to have the correct information so you can achieve the highest quality of life during this potentially challenging time.
Download a special report written by Dr Hoppe here —> Hormone Therapy: The Pendulum Swings
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