What is menopause?

Menopause is a moment in life where you can say, “I have not had a period for one year.” The time of most concern for you and your doctor will likely be the perimenopausal time. This stage of life before and after menopause occurs can be lengthy. While the average age for menopause is 53, many women will not experience it until their late 50’s. Occasionally women can go through menopause in their late 40’s.

Menopause occurs because the ovaries stop releasing eggs and estrogen, and significant hormonal changes can take place. These changes may have a wide variety of symptoms ranging in severity. Although this life change is characterized by “The Big Five”– hot flash, night sweats, mood swings, loss of sleep, and vaginal dryness — other related symptoms may be associated.

Keep your doctor up to date.

Maintaining a regular annual appointment schedule with your OBGYN is a great way to prepare yourself for menopause. Some of the most significant symptoms, like loss of bone density and mood swings, can be prevented with proactive treatment. Even when it’s too late for prevention, symptoms can be managed or delayed with proper medical attention. Since symptoms can occur over several years, management is very important to maintaining quality of life.

Symptoms of Menopause

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes & night sweats
  • Dizziness or trouble focusing
  • Vaginal dryness and discomfort
  • Mood swings, depression & anxiety
  • Fatigue or insomnia
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Memory problems
  • Weight gain & bloating
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Breast pain & swelling
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin & complexion problems
  • Osteoporosis

Menopause Care at our Practice

The doctors at Woodward & Associates will help you anticipate the emotional roller coaster than can come with menopause. We can provide resources and information so that you understand your unique symptoms and all the potential treatment options that could work for you. We can help you enjoy this stage of your life rather than feeling uncomfortable with it. It’s a change that requires adjustment, but ultimately is natural and can be liberating.