As a woman, you will experience significant physical and emotional changes throughout your life. One of these stages that can be particularly momentous and uncomfortable is menopause. Carolina OB/GYN provides menopausal management to help you navigate through this transitional time. We invite you to contact our office to schedule an appointment to access the information and quality care you deserve.
When Does Menopause Begin?
Menopause specifically refers to a time when a woman no longer experiences her monthly period and can no longer become pregnant. This stage of life unfolds due to a natural decline in reproductive hormones. There are three phases:
- Perimenopause – When periods become irregular.
- Menopause – When 12 months have elapsed since having a period.
- Postmenopause – The years following menopause.
It is possible for the symptoms of menopause to occur years before you experience your last period and even for the symptoms to continue after you have your last period. This varies from person to person and is completely normal, although when physical and emotional symptoms are severe, they can disrupt daily life. These symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Mood swings
Managing Menopause Symptoms
The doctors and medical team at Carolina OB/GYN recognize that very woman will experience menopause a little differently, so there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to care. The good news is that menopause symptoms can be managed. Do not hesitate to vocalize what you are experiencing so that we can develop a treatment plan that works for you and your body. Possible treatments will include:
- Hormone therapy
- Vaginal estrogen
- Low-dose antidepressants
- Medications for hot flash relief
- Medications for osteoporosis
Schedule Your Appointment
Stay proactive about your gynecologic health at every age. By participating in screening tests, pelvic exams, and mammograms, you may be able to prevent health concerns or detect a condition early on so that it can be treated. As you begin the journey through menopause, rest assured that you will receive the guidance you need from the doctors at Carolina OB/GYN. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a member of our caring staff.