Menopause

Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life that marks the end of her reproductive cycle.  It usually occurs when a women is age 45-55. During menopause a woman’s hormone levels change, which cause symptoms such as hot flashes, less frequent menstrual periods, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness and loss of libido.

For some people hormone therapy may help relieve symptoms of menopause. However hormone therapy is not appropriate for every woman. Those with cardiovascular disease, at high risk for breast cancer or with a history of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) should consult with their doctor before starting any kind of hormone therapy.

When you begin to experience symptoms of menopause, be sure to consult your physician. If you need a physician, consult the physician search or call Hunterdon Medical Center’s Physician Referral Service at 1-800-511-4462.

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