Menopause is a natural part of the aging process for women. It is defined by the end of a woman’s monthly menstruation cycle, with the start of menopause being marked by at least 12 months passing without a period.
This is due to the ovaries ending ovulation and switching to a different balance of hormones. The end of ovulation can come at any point between the late 30s and early 60s, but the average age for menopause is around 51.
Whether it is triggered by an early hysterectomy or comes naturally with age, menopause may create many symptoms.
The change in hormones can create some complications. Without enough calcium, osteoporosis may erode the strength of your bones. Heart disease is also more likely to set in for menopausal women.
Together with physical changes, menopause can also indirectly have psychological effects on mood and personality which naturally occur during the aging process and only need to be addressed if become severe and steer toward depression.
Most women can handle menopause with a healthy diet, regular exercise, some well-tested herbal supplements, and lifestyle changes to adjust to the symptoms.
While hormonal supplementation was once widely recommended, recent studies revealed heart disease risks that make it too dangerous unless there’s a serious need for extra estrogen.
Secondary treatments like vaginal gels and plant-based estrogen supplements can help you handle the symptoms with fewer risks and side effects.