Understanding MenopauseEvery woman undergoes menopause at a certain point in her life. For some women the experience begins as early as the late forties, while others don’t experience the effects of the transitional stage for another decade after that. In Charlotte, anti-aging therapy can help reduce the signs and symptoms of menopause and help you continue living a healthy lifestyle, free of the uncomfortable symptoms of aging.

Whenever it comes, it is up to you to be ready for this inevitable stage of life by understanding what menopause means in terms of changes to your health and body, and what you can expect as these changes take place.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is the cessation of menses. This stage marks the end of a woman’s fertility, but this isn’t something that just happens overnight. Menopause is a long process that comes on slowly and lingers, leaving new health concerns and symptoms in its tracks.

The earliest signs of menopause develop during a stage called perimenopause, which is a transitional stage prior to the end of menstruation. During this time periods will become sporadic and hormone levels will begin to fluctuate. This time is often marked by the onset of stereotypical menopause symptoms, like hot flashes and mood swings. However, there are other symptoms of menopause that are often not as expected.

Here are a few other symptoms of menopause that you should be ready for:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in sexual interest
  • Urinary problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Joint pain
  • Memory lapses

These symptoms often interfere with the health, wellness and quality of life of many women as they age, but they don’t have to. Anti-aging programs use aesthetic treatments, hormone replacement therapy and medical weight loss* in Charlotte to help women experience their best possible health.

Anticipating Menopause

It is hard to say when the effects of menopause will take their toll on you, but there are several clues you can look to and try to become better prepared. One of the biggest indicators of when a woman will reach menopause is her genetic history. Learn from your mother and her mother when they began menopause.

In addition to being aware of your genetic disposition towards aging, there are many lifestyle and environmental factors that can impact the way and rate at which you age. Eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking and exercising daily will greatly improve your health and quality of life as you approach menopause. Also consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to optimize youthful hormone levels.

*Disclaimer: Medical weight loss programs are individualized to meet the specific needs of each patient. Individual results vary.