As a dedicated compounding pharmacy at the Lake of the Ozarks and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy specialists, we work with many women as they make their journeys through menopause. This week, we are here to share with you some of the interesting things we have learned about menopause over the years. If you or someone you know is currently undergoing menopause (or will be soon), we hope you'll take the time to read over this. You might be surprised by what you learn!
1. Women Experience Menopause At Different Ages.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most women experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 and the average age is 51. However, menopause can occur earlier or later (anywhere from your 30's to your 60's) depending on various circumstances. For example, women who have received cancer treatment in the past may go through menopause earlier.
2. Menopause Has Several Stages.
From beginning to end, the entire process of menopause can sometimes take several years. Perimenopause begins a few years in advance, at which point your ovaries begin producing less estrogen and progesterone and release eggs less frequently. Once you have been without a period for at least twelve months, you have entered into postmenopause and are no longer fertile.
3. You Could Miss A Period For A Few Months And Still Get Pregnant.
For most women, menstruation will become irregular for several months (if not years) before eventually gradually stopping. The fact that you have not had a period for three to four months does not mean that you have entered postmenopause. It is important to be aware that you may still be able to get pregnant during this time.
4. Hot Flashes Aren't The Only Symptoms.
Menopause is a time for many significant hormonal changes, and these hormonal shifts can result in several different symptoms. Hot flashes are a famous symptom of menopause, but women may experience any number of additional symptoms including mood swings, headaches, fuzzy thinking, muscle pain, and joint pain. Your Lake of the Ozarks compounding pharmacist may be able to help you minimize these symptoms.
5. Your Sex Drive May Be Altered.
Because menopause marks the end of your fertility, you may experience changes in your sex drive during or after menopause. Menopause can sometimes result in vaginal dryness, making intercourse difficult or painful. Other women discover that by lifting the burden of a potential unwanted pregnancy, sex becomes even more enjoyable after menopause. While it is impossible to predict exactly how your libido will be affected, you should be aware that it may change.
6. Menopause Is Not A Disease.
Most importantly, we want to stress the fact that menopause is not a disease. It is a natural phase of life that all women will experience, not a medical condition that needs to be treated with with concern or fear. The hormonal swings and resulting physical symptoms can be a little overwhelming at times, but there are things you can do to help relieve these symptoms and ease the process.
7. Hormone Therapy Can Help With Menopause.
Hormones play incredibly important roles in our bodies; when they are out of balance, it can affect us in more ways than we may realize. By balancing your swinging hormones, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with menopause, from hot flashes to decreased libido to mood swings. It is important to note that other measures to create a healthy lifestyle (such as eating well and exercising regularly) can also help to ease the process.
Remember The Lime In The Coconut As Your Trusted Hormone Therapy Resource!
During our years as a compounding pharmacy in Central Missouri, we have helped hundreds of women with hormone replacement therapy at the Lake of the Ozarks. We work exclusively with bioidentical hormones - hormones that are molecularly and chemically identical to the hormones found naturally in our bodies and, as a result, are easier for our bodies to absorb and utilize. If you would like more information about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it can help you as your body goes through menopause, don't hesitate to reach out to us! We would be honored to help you through this important transition in your life.
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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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