Managing Menopause

Depending on how you look at it, menopause is either a dirty word or a welcome stage in life. Menopause starts when menstrual periods permanently stop and you can no longer get pregnant. After menopause, the body begins making less estrogen and progesterone. This can lead to the common symptoms associated with menopause.

The average age for menopause is 52. However, it doesn’t happen all at once. During the transition leading up to menopause — known as perimenopause — hormone levels can change randomly, causing irregular ovulation and periods.

How do you know if you’re approaching menopause?

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Problems sleeping
  • Mood swings or irritability

Menopause is a natural and normal stage in a woman’s life. Many women’s symptoms go away over time, but there are some treatments for more severe symptoms. Low-dose hormonal birth control may help reduce hot flashes and mood swings. In some cases, a low-dose antidepressant may help with hot flashes. Menopausal hormone therapy can be used to treat symptoms after menopause, but there are risks, and doctors suggest using the lowest dose possible for a limited period of time. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be experiencing menopause.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-basics