Menopause commonly occurs between the ages of 48 and 55. It is medically defined as 12 consecutive months of not having a menstrual period and marks the end of a woman’s ability to become pregnant. The time period preceding menopause is called perimenopause. It most often occurs when a woman is in her forties, but some women begin to experience perimenopause as early as their mid-thirties. Perimenopause can last weeks, months, or years, with symptoms that are equally as varied. During perimenopause, women experience fluctuations in hormone levels. It’s these fluctuations and declining hormone levels that can cause symptoms. Symptoms can vary, and range from mild to debilitating, while some women have no symptoms.
Common symptoms include hot flashes, issues with bladder control, vaginal dryness, diminished sex drive, headaches, mood swings, depression, fatigue, and insomnia.
Women needn’t suffer during menopause. Dr. Lambert offers a wide array of possible options for managing symptoms, whether they are merely bothersome or debilitating. These include nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, and stress relief techniques. In addition, hormone therapy, including the option of bioidentical hormone therapy, may be considered for some women, especially those with severe symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective method of eliminating menopausal symptoms.
Yes, it is important to still see an OB/GYN for a wellness exam. Menopause care also includes screening for breast health, osteoporosis, colon cancer, pelvic organ prolapse, bladder and urinary issues and other conditions that women may be at increased risk for during menopause.
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