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Women go through a number of changes in their life. While some changes happen during the start of the menstrual cycle, menopause describes the changes you experience after you stop having your periods.
What Is Menopause?
A woman is born with eggs stored in her ovaries. The ovaries make estrogen and progesterone, the hormones that control the menstrual cycle and ovulation, or the release of eggs. When the ovaries do not release eggs every month any longer, your menstruation stops, and you experience menopause.
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
Most women begin to experience some symptoms of menopause four years before their last period. These are known as perimenopause symptoms. This is the time when your hormones prepare for menopause and begin to change. Every woman is different and experiences menopause differently. Some women even skip perimenopause. The early signs of perimenopause include
- Decreased frequency of menstruation
- Periods that are heavier or lighter than you normally experience
- Vasomotor symptoms that include flushing, hot flashes, and night sweats
While to one woman the symptom may be severe, to another, it may be sudden and over a short period. The symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause are generally the same and include the following.
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Reduced sex drive and vaginal dryness
- Difficulty concentrating and memory problems
- Increased urination and UTI
- Dry skin, dryness in the mouth and eyes
- Sore and tender breasts and reduced fullness
- Weight gain
- Reduced bone mass and muscle mass
- Pain and stiffness in the joint
- Hair loss and thinning on the head and increased hair growth in other parts of the body
Most women experience mild symptoms when they enter menopause. But some women experience complications that demand medical attention.
The complications of menopause include slow metabolic function, heart or blood vessel disease, osteoporosis, painful intercourse or dyspareunia, periodontal disease, cataract, vulvovaginal atrophy, and more.
Menopause can be confusing to some women, especially those few who experience it earlier in life. Talking to your healthcare provider can help reduce the anxiety that comes along with the symptoms. Some of the symptoms can be disabling as well, and if you are experiencing menopause symptoms, visit your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
A number of tests are available that can diagnose whether you are experiencing perimenopausal symptoms or menopause. Depending on your health and symptoms, your healthcare provider will suggest the best approach to diagnose menopause and its symptoms.
For your healthy menopause
You can get the most out of this time in your life, with menopause wellness care from Schilling Women’s Center. Our doctors offer flexible, personalized plans to meet your changing needs, from the earliest stages of peri-menopause and beyond.
They help you control your menopause symptoms with the options many women want. From the careful use of hormone replacement therapy to lifestyle changes and natural bioidentical formulas, there is an answer for you.
They also manages your long-term health, preventing and treating the issues – like osteoporosis – that can emerge during this time of life. We are on your side, and will assist you enjoying your best level of health now and for years to come.
At Schilling Women’s Center, we look forward to giving you the experienced, compassionate and exceptional medical care you deserve. Call today for your convenient appointment: 770.474.7151.