Friday, March 14, 2014

Menopause is a normal, natural event and each womans menopause experience is different. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at the big change.

Dr. Hill:

Menopause is the time in a womans life when ovaries cease to function. The average age of menopause is 51, but there is no way to predict when an individual woman will enter menopause.

It is important to remember that each womans experience is highly individual. Some women may experience few or no symptoms, while others experience multiple physical and psychological symptoms. The extent and severity varies significantly among women. Symptoms can include irregular vaginal bleeding, hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Hormone therapy may help your symptoms, but it is not for everyone. Taking estrogen for a long time may be related to problems like heart disease and cancer. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking hormones.

Many of the symptoms of menopause can be lessened or even avoided by taking steps to lead a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can help protect against cardiovascular disease as well as osteoporosis. Proper nutrition and smoking cessation will also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.