The Health News Blog from Bay Area Physicians for Women

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How Long Does Menopause Last?

Early symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances and mood swings. The reason for these symptoms can be attributed to fluctuating levels of ovarian (estrogen) hormones in the body. This journey is unique for every woman, so it’s important to understand each stage of this natural process and how long … Continued

When Does Menopause Start?

Menopause is a natural process for women that is often diagnosed after a woman’s body has ceased menstruation for 12 consecutive months. It is often accompanied by symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, and vaginal dryness. Menopause occurs when a woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels naturally decline, and her ovaries no longer release an egg … Continued

Menopause: What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are chemicals that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make naturally. When a woman reaches menopause, she begins to experience a natural decline in her reproductive hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Replacing these hormones with bioidentical hormones may help relieve some of the symptoms associated with menopause like hot flashes … Continued