Menopause

Let's be honest, menopause is kind of like a second puberty. With all the body changes, mood changes, being unsure of what's normal and not, sleep disruptions. We believe menopause can be empowering and healthy. Every woman experiences menopause differently. The best way to manage your menopause experience is to learn the facts, including the benefits and risks of available therapies, as well as important health concerns to consider during this transition period.

What is menopause? 

Technically, menopause is the point in time when a woman has had no menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. 

Perimenopause is the time period leading up to this milestone, characterized by fluctuating hormone levels.

Symptoms may occur earlier, but most women experience the physical and emotional changes of perimenopause in their late 40s or early 50s when:

  • Their monthly cycle begins to change

  • Estrogen and progesterone production becomes unpredictable

  • The number of stored eggs in the ovaries decreases

95% of women experience menopause after the age of 45.

Menopausal Symptoms

Primary symptoms are those caused directly by hormonal fluctuations in the body. They may last between six months and 15 years or more.

Secondary symptoms occur as a result of other physical changes associated with aging:

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

  • Palpitations

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Anxiety attacks

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Memory loss

  • Mood swings

  • Joint aches and pains, without swelling

  • Changes in eye and oral health

Local Resources

Elle Physiotherapy and Pelvic Health

E-Motion Therapies

Pursuit Physiotherapy

Weber Physiotherapy

Online Resources

menopauseandu.ca

pelvicpainandrehab.com

sogc.org

The Central Alberta Women's Health Alliance is

A Non-for Profit Organization in the Province of Alberta