Causes of Early Menopause

Menopause begins when your ovaries stop producing estrogen, the hormone that regulates the reproductive cycle.  On average, women in the U.S. go into menopause around 51, according to the National Institute on Aging.  Most women will experience the onset of menopausal symptoms between 40 and 60, with early menopause (perimenopause) occurring before age 40.

Our hormonal levels are constantly shifting, and that’s normal.  As we age, the fluctuations may become more extreme, leading us to experience common symptoms of menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, depression, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, foggy thinking, and a decrease in sexual desire.  Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can potentially prevent many of these common symptoms. Approaching these symptoms naturally can help you regain hormonal balance, and both the frequency and severity of symptoms will improve.

Hormone Replacement Therapy may be appropriate to address the long-term health risks associated with menopause, such as atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, breast cancer, increase in body fat, and diabetes.  Working with a knowledgeable healthcare professional specifically trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help you transition through menopause happier and healthier with an improved quality of life and sense of well-being.

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