What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life that typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 55. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, menstruation ceases and the woman is no longer fertile. Menopause is typically confirmed when there is no period for 12 consecutive months. For some women, menopause can occur as early as the late 30s, or as late as the 60s. However, the average age of onset is 52 years of age. When menopause occurs before 40, it is considered premature menopause.
Medically induced menopause refers to menopause brought on suddenly as a result of surgery (removal of the ovaries), chemotherapy or radiation therapy. For most women, menopausal symptoms diminish during the initial 2 to 5 years. On the contrary, for some it may take more than 10 years. Be aware that the degenerating effects of diminishing or absent hormones levels continue long after symptoms are gone.
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What happens to the body during perimenopause and menopause?
Women’s hormone levels begin to change in their middle to late 30s. Perimenopause is the process of change that leads up to menopause and usually occurs 2 to10 years prior to the onset of menopause. During perimenopause, progesterone and estrogen levels (as well as other sex hormone levels) decline. However, progesterone declines more rapidly than estrogen. These fluctuating and declining hormone levels cause menstrual cycle changes, such as irregularity, or heavier or lighter cycles.
Eventually progesterone and estrogen levels drop enough that the menstrual cycle stops and menopause begins. The decline in hormones causes many of the well-known physical and emotional symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms vary from person to person and can be dramatic or simple, gradual or abrupt in onset.
The severity of symptoms is influenced by insults to the body. Excessive or chronic stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and exposure to environmental toxins all contribute to the decline in hormone levels.
Signs and symptoms of menopause and perimenopause
- Heart pounding (heart palpitations)
- Rapid, irregular heartbeats
- Vaginal dryness
- Dry eyes
- Painful intercourse
- Sleep disturbances & insomnia
- Hot flashes and/or night sweats
- Abdominal weight gain
- Urine leakage
- Cravings for sweets or carbohydrates
- Brain fog (difficulty concentrating, memory problems)
- Weight gain, especially around the middle
- Stiffness and joint fatigue
- Mood Swings
Reduce or Eliminate Hot Flashes
Menopause begins in your 40s or 50s — at 51, on average. It is a natural process during which your ovaries slowly stop producing eggs and releasing them into your uterus every month. This change disrupts the hormonal shifts that normally come (or came) with your menstrual cycle. Menopause Treatment can relieve vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Aids in Weightloss
Menopause Therapy inhibits the production of cortisol, which is one of the reasons it is such an effective stress reducer. What’s more, fat storage shifts from the hips and thighs to the abdomen during menopause. This increases the risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. By reducing cortisol levels, Menopause Treatment will increase metabolism and lead to weight loss.
Reduce Vaginal Discomfort and Urinary Irritation
Menopause Treatment relieves genital and urinary symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness or discharge, buring or itching of vulva, painful sex, spotting or bleeding after intercourse and urinary problems.
May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
According to a 2020 meta-analysis, estrogen-based HRT may have a protective effect against some neurological conditions.
In particular, it may play a role in decreasing the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Helps to Ease Depression and Anxiety
During the transition into menopause, which can last several years, many women experience some depression.
Estrogen delivered through a skin patch has been provenTrusted Source effective in easing symptoms of depression. There isn’t any evidence so far that estrogen can relieve depression after menopause.
Improved Sleep Performance
Studies have shown a stimulation in deep sleep, making it ideal for patients who suffer from sleep disturbance or insomnia.
Increases the amount of time that a person spends in deep sleep (slow wave sleep). This, in turn, can have a positive impact on mood, anxiety and even memory, helping to consolidate the other benefits of menopause treatments
Protect Cardiovascular Health
Numerous studies have confirmed that when HRT is started early, within 10 years of menopause, it can help protect your heart and vascular system from disease.
Helps to Protect and Strengthen your Bones
Menopause increases the risk of bone loss, osteoporosis, and fractures.
ResearchTrusted Source shows that 1 to 2 years of estrogen-based HRT in the form of a skin patch may help improve bone density and protect the structure of your bones as you get older.
Prevents loss of Muscle Mass
As you age, you tend to lose muscle mass. You need muscle mass for mobility, strength, and balance.
HRT can help prevent the loss of muscle. When combined with exercise, HRT may help increase muscle mass and strengthen your muscles.
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While well known, the debilitating effects of the resulting hormone imbalance are often underestimated. At Northshore Anti-Aging, multiple approaches are utilized to achieve the balance necessary to alleviate the distress and bodily degeneration caused by menopause. Methods utilized include a positive lifestyle change optimizing diet, nutritional supplementation, stress reduction, exercise along with Bioidentical Hormone restoration.
Optimizing and balancing hormones with Bioidentical hormones not only helps ease menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms. In addition, it may also decrease the risk of osteoporosis, colon cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
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Northshore Anti-Aging (Dr. Paul C. Tack - Center for Internal Medicine) is located in Gurnee, IL, just behind Six Flags Great America. From the 294, go East on Grand Ave. (Route 132) to the 3rd stoplight, turn right on Riverside Drive. Our office is located on the East side of the street in the Windsor Court Office Park.