Menopause can be a difficult transition for women since this period in a woman’s life can bring unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, sleep troubles and more. For many, the terms “menopause” and “hot flash” are practically synonymous, but this does little to educate or spread understanding about the experience of menopause, how it can be a trying experience, or what women should expect when menopause begins.

In order to help dispel some of the more common misconceptions about what it means to be menopausal, PGOMG offers the following information:

When does menopause start?

Most women typically begin menopause in their 40’s or 50’s, although some women experience early or premature menopause before they are 40 years old.

What happens during menopause exactly?

Menopause occurs when a woman’s menstrual period ends and she is no longer fertile. Menopause is an entirely natural process and does not mean that a woman is unhealthy or that she can no longer enjoy intercourse.

Let’s talk symptoms: What should I expect?

Just like menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause is different for every woman. Some women’s symptoms are more intense, and they require menopause management services, some of which are offered here are PGOMG. Generally, women can experience hot flashes, mood swings, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, irregular periods, weight gain, hair loss, incontinence, vaginal dryness, night sweats, breast tenderness and loss of libido.

My symptoms are pretty intense – what can I do?

Menopause management can range from being prepared for your next hot flash by having a kit ready to go and knowing what triggers your discomfort, to talking to your PGOMG provider about treatment services. Menopause is a natural part of female life, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in discomfort, especially if it interrupts your daily routine or work.

How long does menopause last?

When a woman does not have her period for 12 consecutive months, she is considered menopausal. Again, every women is different. Some can experience menopause symptoms for a year or two, some much longer. Your provider can advise on what to expect in terms of symptoms, including whether treatments are a good fit to relieve any discomfort you may feel.