What is Menopause Care?
Menopause is a natural stage of a woman’s reproductive life that can be classified as either surgical — as the result of surgical removal of the ovaries — or natural, which occurs around the age of 50. During natural menopause, the ovaries become increasingly resistant to the hormonal messages sent by the brain telling the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone. When the ovaries lose the ability to respond to the brain’s hormonal messages, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. Fortunately, at Professionals for Women's Health, we offer countless options to help women combat the effects of menopause. Visit our office in Columbus, OH, today to learn more from an experienced member of our staff.
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What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
This lowered production of hormones results in the disruption of the menstrual cycle, both in timing and character. Periods may be heavier, lighter, or irregular, but eventually, they cease. Fertility is greatly diminished as a result of menopause. Symptoms of menopause may include but are not limited to hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability, headaches, and mood swings. Individual symptoms range from mild to disruptive.
How Does Menopause Care Work?
Treatment of menopause is individualized and takes into consideration personal history, family history, the severity of symptoms, and the existence of any other medical issues. Some patients elect to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the relief of symptoms. There exist both risks and benefits with the use of HRT, as with any medication. Whether or not HRT is right for you should be discussed with your health care provider.
Of note, the use of hormone replacement is trending towards lower doses of medication for shorter periods of time thanks to new and ongoing research into the long term risks and benefits of therapy, as well as the advent of different types of medications that address the negative effects of lower estrogen levels, including bone loss. Menopause therapy is tailored to the individual and evolves meeting the needs of the patient as well as considering the latest research in the field of menopause.
Menopause Care FAQ
What are the symptoms of menopause?
There are a wide variety of potential menopause symptoms, including:
- Absence of period
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
- Cognitive difficulty
- Vaginal dryness and itching
How long does menopause last?
Most menopause symptoms fade after about four to five years after the woman has had her last menstrual cycle. However, this will vary from one patient to another. Additionally, there are some occasional situations when menopause symptoms may reappear many years after the symptoms have disappeared.
What are the three stages of menopause?
Menopause can be broken down into the following three stages:
- Perimenopause: The initial period when a woman's hormones begin to decline, causing the menstrual cycle to become more irregular and unpredictable. Some symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, may begin to appear.
- Menopause: This secondary period begins when the body has completely stopped producing the hormones that lead to menstrual periods.
- Postmenopause: As the final stage of this process, postmenopause begins when the woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months. This phase lasts for the rest of the patient's life.
Menopause will affect all women at some point in their life. If you are proactive and find an effective form of treatment to alleviate the symptoms caused by menopause, you can live a very normal life without virtually any adverse effects. Contact Professionals for Women's Health today to schedule your consultation with a member of our talented team in Columbus, OH.
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