Menopause

Menopause is a natural process that women face as they age. Most females who are in their 30s or 40s will start to experience a reduction in their levels of estrogen and progesterone. Because of that, the natural reproductive cycles each month will eventually stop and the ovaries will no longer produce eggs.

Menopause is not a disease or illness but a time of transition. As hormone levels fall, a person may experience a range of changes, such as hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and fluctuating moods. These are not strictly symptoms, but many people may find they cause inconvenience and discomfort.

Hormone therapy can help a person manage these changes, but it is not suitable for everyone. Lifestyle choices, such as a healthful diet and regular exercise, can also help. Vitamins, too, may play a role.