Menopause is normal transition of the body for women when they no longer get their period for 12 months in a row. On average, women enter menopause around age 52. Most women will not experience menopause all at once and will continue to have irregular periods as their body transitions. This transition can take anywhere from 10 months to four years.
Common symptoms that women may see include:
This is a prescription medicine that helps to relieve hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. While hormone replacement therapy is safe, it does have some risks. The Food and Drug Administration recommends using the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time as needed.
It is important to discuss this decision with your health care provider.
After menopause your body makes very little of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This can raise women’s risk of the following health problems.
The best resource is your primary care provider or your gynecologist. Women should continue to have yearly physical exams throughout their lives and discuss any concerns with their provider.
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