Menopause is the time when periods stops permanently either due to gradual natural processes or abruptly when induced by artificial means (surgery or radiation). Prior to the final menstrual period there is a transitional time, perimenopause, lasting up to eight years. During this time most women begin missing periods and their menstrual cycles lengthen.
A woman is usually considered menopausal 12 months after her last period. The entire menopausal process can take up to thirteen years. Menopausal signs and symptoms are due to the body's inability to respond to a decrease in estrogen, progesterone and possibly androgens such as testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). (continued below the video)
In this video Dr. George Springer will give you valuable information about both menopause and perimenopause.
Signs and symptoms of the menopause can include any of the following:
How we treat Menopause at our Clearwater clinic
In addition to the fluctuations in hormone levels, other possible causes of menopausal discomfort may include adrenal exhaustion and impaired liver function. If you think you may be experiencing the menopause, a saliva test can be ordered for you, which will tell you what your hormone levels are and from there we can take action to get them back into balance using natural methods.
Many Tampa Bay women have found relief from menopause symptoms after visiting LifeWorks. Call 727 466 6789 today for an appointment.
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