Menopause: So What’s Next?

While a natural process, menopause introduces a whole new set of experiences and physical challenges for a woman.

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Menopause is the cessation of a woman’s menstrual cycle for over 12 months. Physiologically, this is when the ovaries stop making estrogen and as a result, the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is no longer stimulated to cycle.

While most people think of hot flashes and night sweats as the quintessential menopausal symptoms, menopause affects nearly every body organ and system.

The average age of menopause is 51 years of age.

Given the benefits of modern medicine and a prolonged life span, menopause has become an important health concerns for women. For example, a woman born in 1900 had a life expectancy of 44 years; a woman born in 2000, however, has a life expectancy of 86 years.

Many of our great-grandmothers never lived to experience menopause or spent few years in that stage of life.

Women now spend nearly half of their life in a post- menopausal state. As a result, maintaining quality of life and a vigorous lifestyle are important.

As women mature and begin to experience menopause, it is paramount that they have a physician who understands the physiology and challenges of that stage of life.

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