As a woman ages she will go through menopause. The average age for menopause is 51 but perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause can begin in the 30s and 40s.
A common sign for perimenopause is a change in your menstrual cycle; they may become longer or shorter, lighter or heavier, or you may skip periods.
There are some obvious menopause symptoms (many women experience no symptoms) including:
As your body stops producing estrogen, you will lose bone mass more rapidly. If too much bone is lost, you are at an increased risk for osteoporosis and have a much higher risk for bone fractures, especially of the hip, wrist and spine.
Reduced estrogen levels has also been associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Hormone therapy can help ease perimenopause and menopause symptoms, protect you from bone loss, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Other medications have shown potential in helping with symptoms, including antidepressants and some plant and herbal supplements.
At USF Health, we can help you find relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
To schedule an appointment call (813) 259-8500.
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