Menopause and Perimenopause

Menopause is the time in your life when you naturally stop having menstrual periods. Menopause happens when the ovaries stop making estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that helps control the menstrual cycle.  Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years. The average age that women go through menopause is 51 years of age.

Perimenopause consists of the years leading up to menopause. Beginning in your 30’s and 40’s, the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries begins to fluctuate. A common sign of perimenopause is a change in your menstrual cycles. Cycles may become longer than usual or shorter. You may skip a cycle, and the amount of flow may become heavier or lighter. Although these changes are normal you should discuss them with your health care professional.

Some women do not have any symptoms of perimenopause/ menopause or have only mild symptoms. Others have many symptoms that can be severe.  Common signs and symptoms include the following: 

Hot flashes, Night Sweats, Sleep problems, Mood swings, Depression, Fatigue, increased PMS symptoms, Weight changes. Vaginal and urinary tract changes and Trouble with concentration “Brain Fog”. 

Your health care professionals at NoCo Women;s Wellness can provide natural suggestions as well as medications to help.