Though menopause is a transition that every woman will experience at some point in their life the affects of the “change” is different for each individual. It may happen sooner in some and later and others. Some may be fully aware that they are going through the change after experiencing strong signs like hot flashes, weight gain, and vaginal dryness. On the other hand, this phase of life can be a bit of a surprise for those experiencing minor symptoms.
Menopause is the reason many single women in their late thirties and forties begin to think about their biological clock as it means the end of their reproductive years. The most definite sign of menopause is the absence of a menstrual cycle for a full year.
Though menopause may seem pretty simple there are many variables and many things a woman should know about the transition. Asking healthcare professionals questions about it can make adapting substantially easier. Dr. David Samadi made a list of questions every woman should ask.
The first of which, is when will I begin to show symptoms? While there is currently no fool proof answer as every woman’s body differs, it usually occurs between 45 and 55 with an average age of 51.
Another important question is, how is perimenopause different from menopause? Perimenopause is the foreshadowing of menopause. A strong symptom of perimenopause is an irregular menstrual cycle.
The last question is, what about nonhormonal options for managing menopausal symptoms? There are multiple ways a woman can manage symptoms. Consistent exercise, over the counter lubricants, and and acupuncture are just a few.
About Dr. David Samadi
Dr David Samadi has chosen to exclusively focus on men’s health issues for the month of November. Many men grow out their facial hair as a way to raise awareness for diseases and other health issues that affect men. The movement began in 2004 and has grown in popularity, becoming known as “No Shame November.” Dr. David is more than qualified to deal with these issues as a board certified urologic oncologist who has performed numerous surgical procedures including laparoscopic surgery and robotic prostate surgery.