Menopause — a natural process during which a woman no longer has menstruation — occurs in most women by age 51 on average.
Menopause begins 12 months after a woman’s last period. Already by a woman’s late 30s, the ovaries are producing less estrogen and progesterone, which are hormones that control menstruation. Menopause can occur in a woman’s 40s, though it typically occurs in her 50s.
While some women may have regular periods right up until their last, this is highly irregular. Periods will often happen every two to four months for the one to two years leading up to menopause.
Symptoms that may occur in the months or years leading up to menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Sleep problems
- Thinning hair, dry skin
- Weight gain
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
Menopause usually is a naturally occurring event due to the aging process. A natural decline in reproductive hormones leads to the loss of normal menstruation. However, there are other factors that may induce menopause:
- Hysterectomy, especially if the uterus and ovaries are removed
- Ovarian insufficiency, where women experience menopause before age 40
Although menopause marks the end of fertility and the ability to bear children, women can still have a healthy sexual life. However, vaginal dryness can occur, which can lead to some minimal bleeding and/or discomfort during intercourse for some women.
Dr. David Ghozland is able to provide relief for women who are experiencing menopause and its myriad of symptoms, especially vaginal dryness. Dr. Ghozland’s vaginal dryness laser procedure will help to reduce dryness for women. To learn more, please call the office at (310) 393-9359.