Menopause is the absence of a menstrual period for one year. Menopause usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55 but can develop earlier or after this age range. Menopause is a natural process that happens when a woman’s ovaries age and produce less reproductive hormones.
What Are The Symptoms Of Menopause?
Menopause is the result of the woman’s body as a response to lower levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Symptoms include:
- Hair thinning or loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Reduced libido or sex drive
Complications associated with menopause include:
- Vulvovaginal atrophy
- Dyspareunia, or painful intercourse
- Urinary inconsistency
How Is Menopause Diagnosed?
Menopause can be diagnosed by your healthcare provider with a number of tests. A PicoAMH Elisa diagnostic test will be able to tell your doctor whether you have entered menopause. Your doctor can also order a blood test to measure your levels of FSH and estradiol. FSH blood levels of 30 mIU/mL or higher, with no menstruation for at least a year is an indicator of menopause.
If symptoms are severe and interfering with your quality of life, you may need treatment. Hormone therapy is an effective treatment for women under 60 to manage hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal atrophy.
You can reduce some of the minor menopausal symptoms through simple lifestyle changes.
Stay Active and Manage your Weight: Exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day can help you promote your general well being.
Supplement Your Diet: Take calcium, vitamin D and magnesium supplements to lower your risk of developing osteoporosis and improve your energy levels.