Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States of America.

Menopause is a natural biological process. It ends fertility, yet, you can stay healthy, vital and sexual. Some women feel relieved because they no longer worry about pregnancy.

The physical and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt sleep, cause hot flashes, lower your energy or even trigger anxiety or feelings of sadness and loss for some women.

Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jon T. Ricks’ office to seek treatment for symptoms that bother you.