When you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period, you are in Menopause. On average women hit this milestone at 51, however, it could occur in your 40's or 50's.
While Menopause is a natural biological process the physical symptoms, and emotional symptoms of menopause, may lower your energy, disrupt your sleep, or affect emotional health. While this is a natural process in the female body, there are treatments available such as hormone therapy.
Perimenopause is the stage of the process your body is n leading up to menopause. During this phase you might experience the following symptoms:
Weight gain and slowed metabolism
Thinning hair and dry skin
Loss of breast fullness
Changes in menstruation, can vary among women but likely, you'll experience some irregularity in your periods before they end. Skipping periods during perimenopause is typical. Women may experience a brief pause with no period for a month or shorter cycles making them closer together to name a few.
When to consider Hormone Replacement Therapy
Many women that we treat report having multiple symptoms that they've relayed to primary care physicians who have then sent them to multiple specialist only to find no diagnosis. This can be very frustrating as you know there is something "off" in your body. Without knowing the root cause, the issue cannot be treated effectively. At Unity Health, we get to know you, we listen to each of your health concerns, we do thorough testing to combine a health strategy that will help you live a healthy and balanced life.