Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.
Just because menopause is something all women in midlife will experience, it does not mean that the process (called perimenopause) itself is the same for everyone. You may have heard that symptoms can be daunting (some women report experiencing severe hot flashes that interfere with their daytime routines or their sleep, for instance). But others may hardly experience any symptoms at all during perimenopause, or may only notice a few changes, like irregular periods or insomnia (1).
The fact is that perimenopause, which typically occurs for many women in their 40s or 50s, is something we all eventually go through; but how we experience it is something we can control. Menopause and the transition leading up to it, can lead to physiological, emotional, and even cognitive changes. Hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and vaginal dryness are some common problems women may experience, and the decrease in estrogen levels raises a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease and is linked to higher blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and increased risk of osteoporosis (2).
Knowing what to expect and what you can do to stay healthy can make a big difference in how you ride out these changes happening in your body. Good habits like eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are important ways you can keeping weight gain in check and stay healthy (3).
The bottom line: You are definitely not alone as you handle the transition through this stage of your life, and we are here to help you can take control and focus on your health and well-being.
What is Menopause? National Institute on Aging. Accessed March 12, 2019. Updated June 27, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions: Women’s Health – The Menopause Years. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Updated December, 2018. Accessed March 12, 2019.
Menopause Weight Gain: Stop the Middle Age Spread. Mayo Clinic. Accessed March 12, 2019.