The symptoms of menopause can start to develop several months or years before you reach menopause. While each woman is different, your symptoms might include:
You might also experience mood-related symptoms, like increased irritability, depression, or anxiety.
Menopause is a natural life phase, but sometimes the progression can be triggered by health conditions or lifestyle choices. A few common causes include:
Lower levels of estrogen and progesterone
As you age, your body naturally produces fewer reproductive hormones, which govern your menstrual cycle. The average woman reaches menopause by age 51, a time when her body has stopped producing eggs, and she no longer has a period.
Some cancer therapies, like chemotherapy and radiation, can trigger menopause. However, a cessation of your period after cancer treatment is not necessarily permanent.
If you’ve opted to remove your uterus and your ovaries, which is sometimes referred to in lay terms as a “total hysterectomy,” this triggers immediate menopause. Women who retain their ovaries after a hysterectomy will not get periods, but they may also experience menopause earlier.
Certain women are simply prone to early menopause because of their genetic makeup. If your mother and grandmother experienced early menopause, for example, it’s likely you will too.
Certain health conditions, like primary ovarian insufficiency (“premature menopause”) or autoimmune diseases, can trigger menopause as well.
To treat and manage the symptoms of menopause, your physician may recommend several different options, including:
Your menopause treatment plan will be highly individualized to ensure you have the best health outcomes. At Capital Women’s Care, your comfort and ease during your menopause transition are the primary concern.
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