Going through menopause is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you have to learn to adjust to all of the uncomfortable side effects that come with it. At Women’s Healthcare Group in York, Pennsylvania, the team of expert OB/GYNs can evaluate your hormone levels and help you find an effective treatment solution. Learn more about menopause therapies by booking a consultation. Schedule your visit online or call the office to speak with a team member.
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Menopause is that stage in your life — age 51 is average — where your menstrual cycles come to an end, and your ovaries stop producing estrogen. In most cases, your OB/GYN can diagnose menopause based off of one unique sign: You haven’t had your period in over 12 months.
Sometimes though, your physician may want to order blood tests to confirm a menopause diagnosis. For instance, follicle-stimulating hormones increase and estrogen levels decrease during menopause. A simple blood test provides this information.
Menopause can lead to a wide variety of signs and symptoms for years beforehand, long before your menstrual cycles come to an end. This stage is known as perimenopause, which occurs in your 30s and 40s. During perimenopause, the amount of estrogen your ovaries produce fluctuates, and you start experiencing changes and irregularities in your menstrual cycle, including longer or shorter periods, or missed periods.
Menopause doesn’t always cause issues, but for some, menopause (and perimenopause) can become so debilitating, symptoms start lowering their quality of life and affecting their relationships. One of the most well-known side effects of menopause is the unbearable hot flashes that seem to come out of nowhere. Menopause or perimenopause can also lead to:
It’s even possible to experience induced menopause, meaning that your menstrual periods stop after surgical removal of your ovaries, or because of damage to your ovaries because of chemotherapy, radiation, or medications. Induced menopause symptoms are the same as natural menopause symptoms, except for your symptoms tend to occur drastically, rather than gradually.
No matter how minor or how severe your menopause symptoms may seem, you have options for relief at Women’s Healthcare Group.
The estrogen your ovaries produce is essential for preventing heart attack and stroke. Since your estrogen levels decrease during perimenopause and even more so after menopause, you lose your natural protection.
Plus, during your mid-life years, you have a higher risk of high cholesterol and hypertension. It’s also common to be less physically active at this stage of life. All of these factors combined can increase your chances of suffering from serious conditions, like heart disease and stroke.
Women’s Healthcare Group personalizes your menopause treatment to your specific needs and severity of your symptoms. Hormone therapy is one of the best solutions for relieving both perimenopause and menopause symptoms since this type of treatment restores your estrogen levels. In addition, living a more healthy and active lifestyle can also help manage your menopause symptoms.
You may benefit from any of the following hormone therapy solutions.
Because your risk of bone loss and fragile bones dramatically increases with menopause, part of your menopause treatment may also include dietary supplements, such as vitamin D or calcium, as well as osteoporosis-prevention medications.
Your OB/GYN might even prescribe medications used to treat seizures or high blood pressure, or even an antidepressant. These alternative drugs have been proven to provide effective relief from hot flashes. With so many modern menopause treatments available at Women’s Healthcare Group, you won’t have to live another day with unbearable side effects.
Book your menopause exam at Women’s Healthcare Group today. Click on the online scheduler or call the practice to book today.