Menopause is not a disease but rather a natural hormonal transition that occurs as a woman ages out of her child-bearing years. Here is some information on this transition to a new chapter of life.
The onset can be fairly quick or drawn out over several years.
Perimenopause is the 3-6 years leading up to the onset of menopause in which women can experience a variety of symptoms ranging from irregular periods to some of the more traditional signs of menopause like hot flashes.
You may experience changes in your period or irregular bleeding. This can be normal in menopause and perimenopause but should always be assessed by a professional to rule out more serious conditions.
You could also experience hot flashes – periodic rises in temperature without explanation Hot flashes can occurs irregularly. They can range from once a day to once an hour.
You may also experience vaginal dryness. These are all due to the hormonal changes taking place in your body.
Some symptoms of menopause can become bothersome. Vaginal dryness can make intercourse painful and lead to spotting after sex. Hot flashes may interrupt regular sleep patterns. These are all issues that your provider can help you with.