Menopause is a natural condition that all women experience as they age. When the ovaries no longer release an egg every month, menstruation stops. Not all women experience symptoms, but they can include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular/skipped periods
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Joint/muscle aches
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Bladder control

Menopause doesn’t require treatment. Physicians can focus on options to relieve individual symptoms, including hormone therapy, vaginal estrogen and low-dose antidepressants.

Premature or early menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing eggs before age 40. If you experience menopause symptoms before age 40 talk to your physician about treatment options.