Just like the early development stages of womanhood, menopause is inevitable as a woman gets older. Menopause is the transition of a woman’s reproductive organs into a non-reproductive state. This stage in life usually occurs in your late 40s or early 50s, but can start sooner.
What Happens During Menopause?
Menopause is a natural part of aging that occurs when the ovaries stop making estrogen. Signs and symptoms of menopause vary greatly from one woman to the next. You can expect an increase in hormonal changes as you experience this transition. One of the first signs is changes with the menstrual cycle. Other symptoms including hot flashes, troubles sleeping, changes in the vaginal tissue and the urinary tract, as well as emotional changes. Your monthly menstrual cycle will end during menopause.
The physicians at OB/GYN of Indiana are able to partner with you during this life transition and provide recommendations based on your individual needs.
How do I know if I am experiencing Menopause?
Menopause happens for most women during their 40s or 50s, though menopause can begin earlier or later for some women because of illness or other complications. For some, the only symptom is an irregular menstrual cycle that eventually stops completely. However, some women may experience mood swings, a decreased sex drive, hot flashes, sweating, palpitations, headaches, vaginal dryness and soreness, trouble sleeping, and bones thinning. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be going through menopause. See your physician for a diagnosis.