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Signs of Menopause

Menopause begins at different times for different women, though it usually occurs around age 50. While a minority of women don't have any menopause symptoms other than the absence of a period, it's likely you'll have one or more.

The most obvious signal indicating you're officially in menopause is the absence of a period for 12 consecutive months. Once your period has officially stopped, the estrogen levels in your body will gradually decline; also, you will no longer produce another female hormone called progesterone. Such hormonal changes may intensify the hot flashes, mood swings, or other symptoms you may have been experiencing throughout perimenopause, or they may trigger symptoms you have yet to experience. In addition to no longer having a period, the following are the most common signs of menopause for the great majority of women:

  • Mood swings and irritability

  • Poor sleep

  • Cognitive changes (trouble remembering)

  • Hot flashes

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Losing focus/train of thought

  • Night sweats

  • Vaginal/vulvar itching

  • Weight gain

If you feel you are struggling with the symptoms of menopause, we may be able to help. We offer saliva kit tests to determine your unique hormone levels. With the test results in hand, we can recommend a compounded bio-identical hormone therapy solution that would provide your body with the hormones necessary to ease your symptoms. For more information stop by the pharmacy or call

717-217-6790 to schedule a consultation.


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