Menopause in Leesburg

Midatlantic OBGYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Centreville, VA & Leesburg, VA

Menopause is a normal part of your aging process and marks the end of your fertility. However, the changes that occur in your body leading up to menopause and after can affect your quality of life, as well as your overall health. Midatlantic OBGYN is a patient-centered women’s health practice that offers individualized plans to help women manage the changes that occur with these hormonal changes. To schedule a consultation about your menopause in Leesburg or Centreville, call the office that’s most convenient to you or book your visit online.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a natural part of your aging process and occurs when you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without menstruation. This happens because your ovaries are no longer producing estrogen and progesterone. You may reach this stage between your 40s and 50s, but the average age of menopause in the United States is 51.

Before you officially reach menopause, women in Leesburg and Centreville go through a period referred to as perimenopause, which may last months or years. During perimenopause, your hormone levels start to fluctuate and may affect the regularity of your menstrual cycle, as well as cause the symptoms often associated with menopause.

Symptoms of Menopause

As noted, symptoms of menopause may start months or years before a woman in Leesburg or Centreville officially reaches this stage. Common symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating

The type and severity of menopause symptoms vary. For some women, symptoms are mild and don’t interfere with daily life. However, for others, the symptoms are severe and keep them from doing the things they enjoy.

No matter the severity of your symptoms, an evaluation at Midatlantic OBGYN is recommended to help you understand the changes occurring in your body and how it affects your long-term health. A decrease in hormone levels not only makes you feel out of sorts, but also increases your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and breast cancer.

Managing Menopause

You can’t stop the normal biological changes that occur with menopause, but you can get relief from your symptoms. At Midatlantic OBGYN, your provider may recommend hormone replacement therapy to restore hormone balance, help you get relief from your symptoms, and reduce your risk of developing a chronic health condition.

Other treatments to help manage symptoms include antidepressants for mood changes and gabapentin or clonidine to alleviate hot flashes. You may also benefit from medications to improve bone health to decrease your risk of osteoporosis.

Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and sticking to a regular sleep schedule may also help women in Leesburg and Centreville manage their menopause symptoms and improve their overall health and quality of life.

Contact a Leesburg OBGYN to Discuss Menopause

For help managing your menopause symptoms, call Midatlantic OBGYN in Leesburg or request an appointment online today.