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 in Centreville and Leesburg, Virginia, is a patient-centered women’s health practice that offers individualized plans to help women manage the changes that occur with menopause. To schedule a consultation, call the office that’s most convenient to you or book your visit online.
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 menopause between your 40s and 50s, but the average age of menopause in the United States is 51.
Before you officially reach menopause, you 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.
As noted, symptoms of menopause may start months or years before you officially reach menopause. Common symptoms include:
The type and severity of menopause symptoms vary. For some women, menopause 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 occuring 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.
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 you manage your menopause symptoms and improve your overall health and quality of life.
For expert menopause care, call Midatlantic OBGYN or request an appointment online today.