In the years leading up to menopause, you may experience symptoms that will progress and lead to your body transitioning to another phase of life. When your ovaries cease to produce monthly eggs for menstruation, menopause begins. The ovaries no longer produce hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Natural menopause occurs sometime after the age of 40 but can be caused sooner due to surgical removal of the ovaries with a hysterectomy procedure, and this is called premature menopause.
There are three stages:
Perimenopause: beginning several years before when the ovaries gradually make less estrogen. This stage and it’s symptoms last until menopause begins and your body stops producing eggs.
Menopause: Occurs at about one year since a woman has had their last period. The ovaries essentially “retire” from making estrogen and eggs. Symptoms include:
Hot flashes and Night Sweats
Insomnia and Fatigue
Mood swings and Depression
Brain fog and Memory Issues
Vaginal Dryness or Vaginal Atrophy
Aches and Pains
Bladder and Incontinence Issues
Changes with Intimacy
Headaches and Migraines
Irregular Cycle and Periods
Postmenopause: Most symptoms like hot flashes ease up for many women in years following menopause. It’s still important to consult your doctor about your health and what you can do to make up for the lack of estrogen now that you’re at greater risks for osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts and more.
For your needs in women’s health and hysterectomy, contact the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center. Dr. Lynn Kowalski has performed thousands of hysterectomies in her nearly 20 years in the Las Vegas area, and strongly encourages women to be as educated as possible about their bodies and how they change through the years. For more information on NVSCC’s services, visit our website or call 702-739-6467.