Menopause and perimenopause are stages in the life of a woman when her monthly period halts, marking the end of her reproductive years. The first part of the process is called perimenopause, which is a transition. It can last up to a decade before menopause. When a woman can no longer have menstrual periods, she has reached menopause. The stage after menopause is known as post-menopause. If you are experiencing bothersome symptoms as your reproductive years wind down, you should consider undergoing hormone replacement therapy to enhance your well-being.
The stage in life when a woman stops having monthly periods is known as menopause. This normal part of aging signals the end of a woman’s reproductive years. Women typically undergo menopause in their late forties to early fifties. Sudden menopause can develop in women who have had their ovaries surgically removed.
What we normally consider to be menopause occurs when ovaries are no longer producing high hormone levels. Ovaries are reproductive glands that contain eggs to be released into the fallopian tubes. They are also responsible for producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones govern menstruation. Estrogen helps regulate the body’s use of calcium and controls cholesterol levels. When menopause grows near, her ovaries stop releasing eggs into the fallopian tubes, and she no longer has menstrual cycles beyond that point.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
A treatment called hormone replacement therapy is effective at helping to balance sex hormone levels in women going through menopause. The treatment is helpful in relieving symptoms of menopause and perimenopause like hot flashes, sweating, and other symptoms, as well as lowering the risk of developing osteoporosis.
The treatment is effective at relieving symptoms of both perimenopause and menopause and can lower the number and severity of hot flashes symptoms. Although it may help to prevent premature skin aging, it is not able to delay or reverse the general effects of aging.
If you are currently suffering from symptoms related to menopause or perimenopause, we encourage you to make an appointment. At our convenient location in Cedar Park and Georgetown, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about hormone replacement therapy. Contact us today to set up your consultation!