What is Menopause?
When a woman reaches her early forties, there are fewer ovarian follicles left in the ovaries. As a result, ovulation occurs less frequently. Because the follicles produce much of the estrogen in the body, estrogen levels also begin to decline.
Peri-menopause is the term used to describe the transition period between a woman's reproductive years and the time when menstruation ceases completely. During that time, hormone levels fluctuate and decline, often at an irregular pace. The hormonal shifts contribute substantially to the sense of physical, mental and emotional imbalance that may characterize a woman's experience of menopause.
Menopause is the term that represents the end of menstruation. Estrogen levels eventually decrease to the point where buildup of the uterus lining no longer occurs, resulting in cessation of menstruation and onset of menopause. The majority of women experience natural menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. However, menopause can occur as early as in a woman's 30's and as late as in her 60's. Menopause is a natural event, not a disease.
Menopause, although a natural part of a woman's life, is very often accompanied by extremely uncomfortable symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, loss of libido, mood changes, sometimes even clinical depression. As menopause progresses additional metabolic diseases come into play such as vaginal atrophy (dryness), urinary problems, bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis, as well as significant health issues such as cardiovascular diseases.
The Essential Requirements For a Therapy are Focused Today on Two Levels:
EFFICACY: A solution that effectively manages the menopause transition by providing relief of menopausal symptoms.
SAFETY: Use of recognized safety markers that serve as a warning for increased risk factors, thus providing a treatment option that is safe, both in the short and long term.
What is menopause?
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Are menopausal symptoms your only concern?
Do menopausal symptoms & bone loss require management?
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