Menopause is more than the end of menstruation, pregnancy, and buying feminine hygiene products; it’s your body going through a complete overhaul. But life doesn’t pause for menopause; it just changes. Contemporary Health Care for Women, a full-service women's health care service in Lincoln, Nebraska, understands this unique female condition. Here, women can receive health services and treatments for coping with menopause.
The average age of menopause is 51 and you are considered "menopausal" after a year without menstruation. In the United States, most women hit menopause in their early 50's (it’s premature menopause when it occurs below the age of 40). First comes perimenopause, a phase lasting from a couple of months to a couple of years. It manifests as increasingly erratic periods and plummeting hormone levels occur. Postmenopause is when a whole year has passed since your last period and brings your fertility cycle to a halt.
Strange things happen when your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone like they once did. Diminishing estrogen levels can cause any number of the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes or night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Depression, anxiety, and/or irritability
- Libidinal changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Achy joints and muscles
- Frequent urination
- Bladder control issues
Although they fade away gradually when postmenopause arrives, postmenopausal women face a heightened risk of age-related illnesses such as heart conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, Osteoporosis, and a plethora of other health complications. Remember: each case is unique and as such, symptoms will vary.
Fortunately, Contemporary Health Care for Women can help you during the entire transition. For more information, call (402) 486-4000. You can also contact them via e-mail or by filling out the contact form online. While the symptoms might be disruptive, this women's health care service will help you to better understand and cope with this change in your body.