Menopause, and the lead-up called perimenopause mark the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle and usually occurs around the age of 51. This marks the end of a woman’s ability to become pregnant and a stabilization of the hormone levels that accompany the menstrual cycle. Many women can experience uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes, trouble sleeping, urinary problems and mood changes. Because of these symptoms, many women worry about the menopause period, but with treatment and healthy lifestyle changes, women can remain active and strong during this period. It is important that women get treatment during the menopause period because changes in hormone levels can also increase risks for other diseases, like stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis. Learn more about menopause with information from www.womenshealth.govin the links below.