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Menopause or the “change of life” affects each woman in a different way. Many women experience hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and sleep problems. Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility and a natural biological process, not a medical illness.
Just the same, menopause can lead to symptoms that sap you of energy and even cause feelings of sadness and loss.
- Accept sagging skin
- Sleepless nights
- Fragile bones
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal Dryness
- Loss of sex drive
For those who decide that these symptoms are unbearable, they often resort to synthetic pharmaceutical hormone replacement products. These synthetic hormones are the ones that the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) utilized, and were found to lead to increased cardiovascular and cancer risk.
Fortunately, Bio-equivalent hormone therapy (BHRT) offers a more alternative solution. They not only offer potential relief from menopausal symptoms, but they can also provide increased quality of life in several areas.
Menopause occurs in most women between the ages of 45 and 55, although some women enter menopause in their thirties. Before you reach menopause, you will experience perimenopause. During this time, your ovaries will gradually produce less and less estrogen. This stage can last as long as ten years, although the average is four years.
During perimenopause, you will start to experience many of the symptoms that people associate with menopause, such as hot flashes and irregular menstrual periods. Menopause occurs when you have not had a period for one year. In the years leading up to menopause, you may experience a decrease in fertility, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, an increase in fat around your abdomen, increased premenstrual syndrome symptoms, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, moodiness, decreased interest in sex, thinning hair, urine leakage or urgency. Your menstrual cycle will most likely become very irregular. It may last longer or shorter than normal, and your flow may increase. You may find that you never know quite when to expect in duration or in the length of time between cycles.