If you are a woman over 40, you may have a lot of questions about menopause. When does menopause start? How long will I experience symptoms? Can symptoms be treated? Can I still get pregnant when going through menopause? Will menopause affect my physical appearance? Your doctor will be able to answer these questions and help you best manage menopause symptoms to ensure your health both today and as you experience this natural stage of life.
All women will experience menopause. However, each person may have different symptoms. The average age for this “change of life” is 51, but it usually occurs any time between the age of 40 and 55. Common symptoms may include changes in periods (such as being heavier or lighter, and shorter or longer in duration or time in between cycles), hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, and moodiness. Each woman’s menopause experience will be unique. Menopause itself does not require treatment, but if you find some symptoms to be bothersome, you should talk with your doctor about how to relieve your discomfort.
You may notice several changes in your body as you go through menopause, such as weight gain around your waist, increase in fatty tissue, loss of muscle mass, reduced breast size, and thinning and loss of elasticity in the skin. Fortunately, you can take steps to feel better about yourself and stay healthy after menopause. Don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet that includes enough calcium and vitamin D, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly.
Women today will live more than one-third of their lives after menopause. That’s why it’s important to make lifestyle changes that will allow you to get the most out of life. Test your knowledge of menopause by taking a quick, online menopause quiz on our website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/MenopauseQuiz.
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