Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life. Symptoms vary from woman to woman, and unfortunately for some, can have a dramatic impact on quality of life. Treatment is available to help you better manage menopause.
We place a great deal of focus on working with a woman’s body instead of altering or overriding its natural functions. Whether the struggle during menopause is physical or emotional, or as it is often is, a combination of both, our goal is to help you fully enjoy life.
Effective menopause management begins before full-blown symptoms of menopause set in. Ideally, a woman begins preparation for menopause in the years leading up to its onset, which is typically between 45 and 55, though it is possible to experience symptoms beginning at age 40.
A change in the regularity and flow of your menstrual cycle is often the first sign menopause has begun. From there, symptoms will progress and might include:
Numerous treatments are available to help manage these symptoms and improve overall health. In many cases, the best management plan includes lifestyle changes, such as:
Emotional support might also be needed during this sometimes difficult transition. Discussing your symptoms with a medical professional helps you determine what is “normal” and what may be of concern. Understanding your body eases the stress and anxiety many women experience during menopause, so we make it a priority to communicate with patients and provide the time they need to unburden their minds as their body transitions.
Menopause and Hormones
Menopause includes a reduction in levels of the hormone estrogen, which is the main culprit of many unpleasant symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy might be an option for you and can help with:
It is also important for women to continue using birth control during menopause. Irregular periods are not a guarantee you will not conceive and many women continue to ovulate for a period of time after menopause begins. Our providers can share information about the best forms of birth control to use during menopause, but for many women, their usual method remains the same.
If you are approaching menopause or struggling to manage symptoms associated with it, we can help. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment to begin your menopause management program.