Menopause, or the stopping of the menstrual cycle, can occur in women as early as age 40, with symptoms beginning in the early to mid-30s.
Many women start wondering when menopause will occur because they can no longer take the pain of their monthly period. Other women may want to stay abreast of the menopause clock because they are still trying to have children. Whatever the case, it is important to understand menopause as it can have a profound effect on the body.
Perimenopause: The Menopause Preview
The menopause process can begin with subtle signs and symptoms, known as perimenopause. You may experience up to four years of symptoms from the perimenopause stage before menopause occurs. Perimenopause can emit a wide variety of symptoms such as:
-Dry vaginal area
-Pain during intercourse
Permanent Menopause: Common Menopause Symptoms
While not all women experience menopause symptoms, the most common symptoms are similar to perimenopause. These symptoms often include hot flashes, night sweats, pain during intercourse, vaginal dryness, increased anxiety and irritability. If you experience recurrent bleeding after menopause, or your symptoms interfere with your daily life, talk with your OB-GYN.
Preparing for Menopause
Going through menopause can cause both physical and emotional symptoms, but there are ways you can prepare. When it comes to menopause, educating yourself on all phases of the process is a good idea. Research credible medical sources and consult with your OB-GYN if you start experiencing perimenopause symptoms.
Keeping a healthy diet and taking vitamins on a daily basis is beneficial for your health and can ease the symptoms of menopause. Try to include a healthy portion of fruits and vegetables in each meal throughout the day and drink plenty of water.
Manage Your Menopause Symptoms
If you are experiencing any symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, contact the physicians at OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch. We are dedicated to providing compassionate and professional healthcare for women, and can provide you with the information and care you need to manage your perimenopause or menopause symptoms. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment online.