Menopause is a natural transition from an era of periods and childbearing to a more mature phase of life. This transition can be a time of many changes both emotionally and physically. Your provider will help you understand what changes to expect and provide resources for lessening the impacts of those changes when possible.
End of periods
One of the most noticeable changes during menopause is the loss of a monthly menstrual period. It can take several years to go from monthly periods to a few periods a year to the stopping menstruating altogether.
As the body loses the ability to produce estrogen from the ovaries, hot flashes are a common side effect. The frequency and severity can vary from person to person. Estrogen supplementation can help reduce hot flashes in some cases, but these supplements should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest time possible. There are also non-hormonal alternatives for symptom relief that you can discuss with your provider.
Other disorders related to menopause
Hormonal changes related to menopause can contribute to other disorders including osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer. Your provider will watch for signs of those disorders so they can be detected and treated promptly.