You are in menopause when you haven’t had your period for one year straight. You might become irregular in the months or years leading up to complete menopause. The average age of menopause in the United States is 51, but it can happen anytime in your 40s or 50s.
In the months, or possibly years, leading up to menopause — known as perimenopause — you may experience symptoms that are uncomfortable or confusing. These include:
Yes! Menopause is completely natural and you can stay vital and healthy during perimenopause and after, especially when under the care of compassionate providers, such as Dr. Tyre and Dr. Torres. When you suspect you’ve entered perimenopause — such as when you start to have periods just once every couple of months — make an appointment and your doctor will monitor your process and ease your symptoms.
Come see Green Valley OB/GYN immediately. You can rule out pregnancy or another condition that’s causing you to lose your period. In about 1 percent of women, menopause prior to age 40 may result due to primary ovarian insufficiency. You may need hormone therapy if this is the case. Hysterectomy and some radiation or chemical cancer treatments can also prompt early menopause.
Menopause is a completely natural stage in a woman’s life, but it’s not without risk. Your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and urinary incontinence increases. You may also see a rapid change in your body shape and be more susceptible to weight gain. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any change or loss in your sexual desire or function.
Typically, no tests are necessary to determine if you’ve achieved menopause. However, if you’ve got unexplained weight gain and extreme fatigue, the doctors may want to test your thyroid function with blood work. You may also get your FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and estrogen levels tested to determine if hormone therapy will best support your health.
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