A new phase
Menopause is a transition into a new phase of life. It begins when the menstrual cycle finishes. However, hormonal changes and other factors involved can cause discomfort.
Dr. Jennifer Almonte will provide you with advice and methods to identify menopause and to make this new phase easier to go through.
When does it begin?
Menopause is the end of a woman's menstrual cycle and fertility. It happens when your ovaries no longer make estrogen and progesterone, two hormones needed for fertility, and when your periods have stopped for 1 year. Symptoms can include hot flashes, anxiety, depression, and lack of energy.
Menopause may happen earlier if you:
Have never had children. Pregnancy, especially more than one pregnancy, may delay menopause.
Smoke. Studies show smoking can cause you to start menopause up to two years earlier than women who don’t smoke.
Had chemotherapy or surgery to remove both ovaries.