Menopause is a gradual process that occurs when a woman reaches the end of menstruation and fertility. Menopause is a natural biological occurrence and not an illness, although for some women it may bring about physical and emotional symptoms that are difficult to deal with. The age at which menopause occurs varies from woman to woman, but on average, it typically begins around the age of 51. Menopause is a process that may happen over the course of several years.
The natural hormonal changes that occur during menopause can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Common signs of menopause also include irregular periods, cold hands and feet, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and a gain in abdominal fat.
Women who have gone through menopause are also at an increased risk of certain health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Eye disorders
- Colon cancer.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Center for Women’s Health at 913-491-6878.