Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life, but can be associated with discomforts and concerns about cardiovascular disease, bone loss and other disorders.
Our program in menopause and perimenopause health uses a comprehensive approach to the evaluation of older women. We offer a full range of treatment options and lifestyle measures. The goal is to provide treatments relief from the discomfort of menopause. Our physicians are experts in treating women during this stage of life.
Gynecologic Care During Menopause
It is important during these years to have regular pelvic exams and Pap smears, as well as breast exams and mammograms. If a problem is detected early, it is much easier to treat. Any vaginal bleeding that occurs during the menopause years should be reported immediately to your doctor.
Your doctor will also recommend you get regular bone densitometry, to monitor your bone density.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural stage in your life. Your body produces less estrogen and progesterone, you stop ovulating and eventually menstruation stops completely. Menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55. Perimenopause is the term used to describe the transition years and is sometimes used interchangeably with menopause.
Because your body is producing fewer hormones, you may experience some symptoms as your body adjusts to these new hormone levels. Symptoms are most severe for one to two years after your last period and may last up to five years.
- Hot flashes and sweating
- Cessation of menstrual flow or irregular menstrual flow
- Heart racing
- Decreased libido
- Skin flushing
- Vagina dryness
- Mood swings
Menopause Treatment, Including Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy treatment may be helpful to some women who have severe symptoms. However, studies have shown that hormone therapy places a woman at greater risk for developing breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Speak to your doctor to find out if hormone therapy is right for you.
Other treatments include medications to help with mood swings and hot flashes, as well as making lifestyle changes to improve your symptoms.
Patient appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.