While most women start menopause as they approach 50, each woman experiences menopause and its associated symptoms in a unique way. Some may have dramatic menopause symptoms that significantly impair their quality of life. Others may experience only a few slight physical changes that are easily manageable.
At the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), our compassionate specialists are dedicated to:
- Assessing the severity of a woman's menopause
- Developing effective treatment plans that will help women manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life
- Supporting women as they adopt new lifestyle habits, such as dietary changes, that will help them better cope with menopause
- Researching new methods of treating menopause through our ongoing clinical trials
Menopause is sometimes called "the change of life” because it is the time in a woman's life when her period stops. It is a normal change in a woman's body. Menopause is reached when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months (and there are no other causes, such as pregnancy or illness, for this change). Menopause often occurs when a woman is between the ages of 45 and 55.
Menopause affects every woman differently and for some, the only symptom may be that periods have stopped. Common symptoms of menopause include a change in the pattern of periods, which can be shorter or longer, lighter and heavier, and / or more or less time between periods.
Some women also have the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Trouble sleeping through the night
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Trouble focusing
- Hair loss or thinning
Want to learn more? Take our Menopause Assessment now!
Visit the Following Sections of Our Website:
- Menopause Assessment
- Center for Fertility and In Vitro Fertilization
- Center for Health Promotion (CHP)