Menopause is the time in a woman’s life that signals the end of her reproductive years. With perimenopause beginning in your 40s, the menopausal journey is a long one. Accompanied with many unpleasant side effects like hot flashes and sleep disruptions, menopause can affect your quality of life, but it doesn’t have to. Thomas T. Lee, MD, FACOG, Corazon Navarro, MD, and the team at Grand Medical Group OB-GYN are here to guide you through menopause and life beyond. Call Grand Medical Group OB-GYN’s Montclair, California office to make your first appointment today.
Menopause is the change in every woman’s body that ends her reproductive years. In the U.S., the average age at which women begin menopause is 51, but some women enter menopause in their 40s. You’re diagnosed as menopausal when you’ve gone one full year without a menstrual period.
During menopause, your body stops producing the same amount of estrogen — the female hormone responsible for reproduction — that it did when you were younger. Reduced levels of estrogen make your body stop ovulating, or producing eggs. But lower estrogen often brings other symptoms, like hot flashes, weight gain, and vaginal discomfort.
Menopause is led by perimenopause, and followed by postmenopause. Each stage of menopause may bring symptoms that can be alleviated with medical care. Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause, and women typically enter perimenopause in their 30s or 40s. Postmenopause is the time after menopause ends.
Low estrogen levels contribute to a variety of symptoms commonly associated with menopause. Disrupted sleep, hot flashes, mood changes, and more can make it hard to endure the changes of menopause. Many women find the symptoms of menopause negatively impact their ability to enjoy life like they used to.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
You’ll probably notice that you have more irregular menstrual periods as your body prepares for menopause. Additionally, the above symptoms can affect you at any time during perimenopause and menopause.
Many of the symptoms associated with menopause can be managed or eliminated through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT gives your body synthetic estrogen to help replace the lost hormone. HRT can help manage the negative symptoms of menopause.
Together, you and the doctors at Grand Medical Group OB-GYN can discuss your HRT treatment options to determine if it might help you get through menopause. HRT can be taken in a variety of forms and is a flexible solution to menopausal symptoms for many women.
Menopause is a natural process that happens as you grow older, but you don’t need to go through it alone. To learn more about menopause and for help finding symptom management techniques that work for your lifestyle, call the experts at Grand Medical Group OB-GYN for your first appointment today.