Menopause occurs when a woman’s body slows down its production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones necessary for reproduction and which play important roles in other functions and other aspects of health. Medically speaking, a woman is said to be in menopause when she has not had a period for 12 consecutive months. However, many women use the term menopause to refer to the years prior to the end of menstruation, which is when symptoms begin to appear. More accurately, the time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause, although that term is rarely heard outside the doctor’s office.
Perimenopause and menopause can cause an array of symptoms, including:
Some women will experience significant and even severe symptoms as they approach the end of the period and even once menopause occurs, while others may have very few symptoms or develop symptoms like vaginal dryness only once their periods have completely ended.
Menopause can’t be “cured,” but there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can be helpful in the management of menopause symptoms like vaginal dryness, insomnia, and painful intercourse. Hormone therapy using hormones similar to what we make in our body often referred to as “bioidentical” hormones can be especially effective in addressing most of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, replacing some of the hormones the body is no longer producing on its own. Because women can experience different symptoms, menopause treatment must be customized to the needs of each patient to be effective.
Yes. Gynecologists have special training in treating the unique medical needs of women at every stage of life, from puberty all the way through the menopause years. Seeing a gynecologist every year for well woman visits is important for maintaining optimal health and avoiding serious health problems that are become more common with age.
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