Menopause is a very normal and natural condition that every woman will go through in later stages of their life. Menopause itself can be defined as changes a woman experiences before or after she stops menstruating, which will mean her reproductive period has ended.
When a woman is born, she only has a finite number of eggs stored in the ovaries. The ovaries are responsible for creating estrogen and progesterone, certain hormones that control ovulation and menstruation. When the ovaries stop releasing an egg every month, menstruation stops and menopause begins.
Menopause that is of natural origin will not have been induced by medical or surgical treatment. While it’s possible to induce menopause intentionally through medicine or surgery, natural menopause will happen in three main stages.
Menopause itself is a natural part of the aging process for women and cannot be directly prevented. However, the severity of symptoms can be reduced or made more tolerable through certain medication and lifestyle changes.
There are many symptoms associated with menopause and they all will depend on your age and the stage your menopause is currently in. Below are the common symptoms that may be experienced by a woman in the years or months leading up to menopause.
If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, make sure to contact Urgent Care Extra to learn more about menopause and to determine whether or not you may be pregnant instead.
Visiting your doctor when you are starting your perimenopause or menopause stages can help with managing menopause and its symptoms. Knowing how to manage menopause will make symptoms more manageable and make it easier for you to prevent other related health conditions or concerns. Regular visits to the doctor is usually recommended to make sure you are properly managing menopause and to keep an eye on other issues that may arise.
Below are common recommendations for women going through menopause in order to help reduce the severity of symptoms.
–Maintaining a healthy weight. As menopause begins, metabolism and other changes in the body can make it more difficult to maintain a certain weight. However, it’s still important to make it a priority to stay within healthy weight ranges, as these can help to limit and reduce the symptoms experienced during menopause. Other suggestions below can make it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
-Exercising. Regular and consistent exercise makes it easier for your body to maintain a healthy weight, which is important during menopause as it gets harder to keep unwanted weight off. Regular exercise can also help with mood fluctuations and keep depression, stress and anxiety at bay.
-Better dieting. Eating healthier foods will help with weight regulation and can improve your overall mood.
-Avoiding certain foods. Some foods and beverages can increase the symptoms of menopause or make it harder to manage them. It’s recommended to avoid caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol and related foods or keep their consumption within moderation.
-Medication. When managing menopause symptoms gets too difficult, you can always consult with a medical professional at Urgent Care Extra to learn more about managing menopause through medication and other treatment options.
Are you currently going through menopause? Are you in a different stage of menopause (perimenopause or postmenopause)? Or do you need help preparing for menopause and its earliest symptoms before they arrive? Managing menopause on your own does not need to be difficult. Give us a call today at Urgent Care Extra to learn more about menopause or stop in at the most convenient time for you!
We will be happy to help you with all of your questions and concerns related to menopause and its symptoms.