Get help managing menopause symptoms in Clearlake
Menopause is the stage of life when a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods and can no longer get pregnant. A woman is only considered to be "in menopause" after she has gone through a continuous year without a menstrual period. While the average age of menopause is 51, it can actually occur any time from the 30s to the mid-50s or even later.
Often, a woman tends to experience menopause at about the same age as her mother did. Women who smoke and are underweight tend to go through menopause at a younger age, while women who are overweight often have a later-than-average menopause.
Many healthcare providers use the term menopause to include perimenopause, the transitional phase before menopause. During this phase, which can last two to 10 years, the production of estrogen and progesterone decreases, the supply of mature eggs in a woman's ovaries diminishes, and menstrual periods become increasingly irregular. It is the enormous drop in estrogen levels that causes most of the symptoms commonly associated with perimenopause and menopause.
Staying healthy after menopause
After menopause, good nutrition and regular physical exercise are more important than ever. Nutritional needs change, as women tend to gain more weight after menopause, possibly due to lower estrogen levels. Getting enough calcium is essential in order to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and spinal fractures. Regular exercise can help preserve bone mass, keep your weight down and relieve stress.