Menopause is a normal change in a woman’s life when her period stops, during which the body slowly produces less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This often happens between ages 45 and 55. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had her period for 12 consecutive months. To learn more about menopause and hormone replacement therapy in Washington, DC, contact Potomac Rejuvenation Center.
There are three stages of natural menopause: perimenopause (or the menopause transition), menopause, and postmenopause. Perimenopause is the span of time between the start of symptoms (such as erratic periods) and one year after the final menstrual period. Menopause is confirmed 12 months after the final menstrual period. Postmenopause is all the years beyond menopause.
Every woman’s period will stop at menopause, but some women may not have any other symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- The time between periods and flow may be different
- Hot flashes (getting warm in the face, neck, and chest without sweating)
- Night sweats (which can lead to sleeping problems, stress, and a tired feeling)
- Vaginal changes
- Thinning of the bones
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone therapy is one of the government-approved treatments for relief of menopausal symptoms caused by low levels of estrogen. To help relieve these symptoms, women are often given estrogen or estrogen with progestin. For some women, many of these changes will go away over time without treatment. However, for others, professional treatment is required for relief.
Who is a Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Women with early menopause before age 40 without a history of breast cancer risk may be good candidates for hormone replacement therapy. If you are dealing with fatigue, unexplained weight gain, hair loss, mood swings, and other issues as a result of a hormone imbalance, it could work for you.
To speak with a professional and learn more about hormone replacement therapy, schedule a consultation at Potomac Rejuvenation Center. Contact us today to book an appointment in Washington, DC.