Hot flashes, memory loss, irritability, migraines, weight gain—menopause means many things to the different women it affects. However, it’s characterized as the stage where a woman’s menstrual cycle ends and she can no longer conceive children.
A woman has completed menopause only after she’s experienced a full 12-months without menstruation. The interlude in which periods start or stop, or spotting occurs is known as Perimenopause—the stage leading up to Menopause. It affects women in their 40s to 50s, but most complete Menopause by the age of 51.
Menopause is not a medical condition, but rather a natural stage of womanhood and aging. This means treatment and remedies will be prescribed by your medical practitioner to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and prevent chronic conditions (i.e., such as osteoporosis) that are associated with menopause and aging, including…
1. Hormone Therapy
The most commonly prescribed treatment for menopause is hormone therapy (or estrogen replacement therapy). Depending on the severity of symptoms you’re experiencing, as well as your medical and family history, your doctor may recommend estrogen and progestin (if your uterus is still intact) to soothe hot flashes, prevent bone loss, dementia, and heart disease.