Gynecologic Health — Menopause and Perimenopause

Menopause is the time in a woman's life when she stops having periods. The average age to reach menopause is 51 years, but the onset typically occurs between the ages of 45 to 55. At first you may experience irregular menstrual cycles as well as mood swings, fatigue, increased premenstrual symptoms, or weight changes. These symptoms are all consistent with perimenopause, the years prior to menopause. When you have gone 12 months without a period, then menopause has occurred.

Symptoms of menopause can range from none in some women to a multitude of issues in others. Typical symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, depression, or trouble with concentration.

There are different approaches to handling the symptoms of menopause, including diet, exercise, and hormone replacement therapy.