What is Activella?
Activella is a combination medication that contains two female hormones: a type of estrogen (typically estradiol) and a progestin—in this case, norethindrone. This medication is used to alleviate the symptoms of menopause which are a result of the body producing less estrogen. Estrogen supplementation can cause cancer in the uterus, therefore a progestin is used to reduce the risk of cancer of the uterus.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural condition that all women experience at some point as they grow into middle age. Menopause is an umbrella term describing a host of symptoms/conditions that are associated with the lessened production of estrogen in the body that occurs with women as they age. The body stops producing eggs regularly, and this signals the beginnings of menopause—known as perimenopause.
Perimenopause begins many years before menopause and is the signal that a woman is in the transitioning stage towards menopause. The ovaries will over time, produce less estrogen. The last 1-2 years of perimenopause typically display a hastened loss of estrogen where menopause symptoms start to appear.
Once it has been a full year since a woman has had her last period, she is officially menopausal. Menopause symptoms can vary in severity from minor to severe, these are the symptoms:
- Insomnia/inability to sleep well. Less sleep or worse sleep quality.
- Mood swings due to changing hormones.
- Feelings of fatigue or lack of energy.
- Depression due to hormonal shifts or simply due to the interdependence of other symptoms such as insomnia which is correlated to depression.
- Muscular aches and pains/joint pain.
- Libido changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes, the most common symptom associated with menopause.
When Does Menopause Begin?
Perimenopause—the period in which the transition towards menopause occurs, begins sometime in a woman’s ’40s. Typically, this is around age 47 or so for many women. Perimenopause is said to last on average of about 4 years. It is important to remember that every woman’s menopausal journey is unique and there are no hard and fast rules about when things will happen. Some women enter perimenopause far earlier or later than other women.
Many people confuse perimenopause and menopause. Perimenopause marks the beginning and spans a duration of time, menopause itself is a point in time rather than a span of time. Although this can be stressful for many women, it is a natural part of aging and something all women will go through at some point. For those who have had their ovaries surgically removed, menopause suddenly occurs.
Activella is taken orally with or without food as directed by your doctor. The loss of estrogen in the body has notable health impacts and increased risks for many illnesses and conditions. As a result, the supplementation of estrogen has been proven to alleviate those risk factors but also introduces other risks as well. As with any medication, it is up to your doctor to decide if there are greater benefits associated with use than compared to demerits.
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