menopauseEvery day in the United States 3,500 women enter menopause. Menopause is defined as no menstrual cycle for 12 months. Symptoms, however, can begin as long as fifteen years prior to menopause.

The normal age to go through menopause ranges from 35 to 55. Therefore, many easily live over half of their life without a menstrual cycle.

Menopause is a natural biological process, not a medical illness. Even so, the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can disrupt sleep, sap energy and trigger feelings of sadness and loss.

Symptoms of Menopause:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Loss of sexual interest
  • Hair growth on face
  • Painful intercourse
  • Panic attacks
  • Weird dreams
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Osteoporosis
  • Aching ankles, knees, wrists, shoulders, heels
  • Hair loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Snoring
  • Sore breasts
  • Palpitations
  • Varicose veins
  • Urinary leakage
  • Dizzy spells
  • Skin feeling crawly
  • Migraine headaches
  • Memory lapses
  • Bloating

Hormonal changes cause the physical symptoms of menopause, but mistaken beliefs about the menopausal transition are partly to blame for the emotional ones. First, menopause doesn’t mean the end is near. Second, menopause will not snuff out femininity and sexuality. In fact, many women find it liberating to stop worrying about pregnancy and periods.

Most important, even though menopause is not an illness, one shouldn’t hesitate to get treatment if having severe symptoms. Many treatments are available, from lifestyle adjustments to bioidentical hormone therapy.

Testimonial About Menopause Hormone Treatment:

Sarah F. became my patient almost two years ago when she was just about to turn 55 years old. She came to my practice complaining of hot flashes, sleepless nights, and mood changes. She knew that she was going through menopause and after several months of going back and forth with other physicians, who were unable to help her, she decided to give herself a birthday gift. Having heard of the Harding Medical Institute through a friend, she scheduled her appointment and came in for her initial consultation. I will let Sarah tell you the rest…  Harding Medical Institute Read More Button 2

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