What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process that all women experience as they age. It refers to the point when a woman stops having her monthly menstrual periods, marking the end of her reproductive years.

The years leading up to menopause are called perimenopause. During perimenopause, women may experience irregular periods, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, and mood changes as their hormone levels begin fluctuating and declining.

On average, women go through menopause around age 51, but it can happen anywhere from 40-55 years old. The diagnosis is made after a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a period. Both perimenopause and menopause symptoms arise from changes in a woman's reproductive hormones - estrogen, progesterone, and others.

Some key things to know about this natural transition:

The physical and emotional changes can significantly impact one's quality of life. From hot flashes and sleep trouble to mood swings, burnout, joint pain, and vaginal dryness, menopause symptoms can be challenging to manage.

This is why more women have been turning to customized hormone replacement therapy to replenish their hormones, alleviate symptoms, and improve their overall wellbeing during perimenopause and menopause.

If you're struggling through this transition, the caring professionals at Vitality Hormone Clinic can help. Their individualized bioidentical hormone therapy has helped hundreds of women better manage their menopause and perimenopause symptoms, so they can feel like themselves again. Contact Vitality Hormone Clinic today for a consult to learn about their hormone balancing programs.

While menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive capacity, it's important to remember this transition is entirely normal and nothing to feel ashamed about. With support from loved ones and caring professionals like those at Vitality Hormone Clinic, women can move through perimenopause and menopause gracefully while embracing this next chapter of life.

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