As a natural transition in a woman’s life, menopause can cause challenging symptoms and significantly disrupt your life. Our health experts at May-Grany OBGYN can tailor treatments to help you find relief from your symptoms and protect your health.
Menopause is a natural phase in life and occurs when your body can no longer make high levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. Menopause starts when you go through your first 12 months without a period. When menopause starts, you can no longer get pregnant. Most women reach menopause in their early to mid-50s. However, you may experience symptoms as early as your 30s.
Before reaching menopause, your body goes through a transition period called perimenopause. Perimenopause occurs when your estrogen levels fluctuate, and this period usually begins during your early 30s or 40s. During perimenopause, your menstrual cycle can become irregular, and the time between periods can change. Some symptoms to look out for with perimenopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Sleep problems
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Low libido
It’s essential to maintain your health during perimenopause and menopause, as your estrogen levels can protect you from several health issues, including heart disease, strokes, and osteoporosis. At May-Grant OB/GYN, our team can help treat your menopause symptoms and care for your health and well-being to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases.
Why Menopause Management is Needed
Effective management of menopause is essential for several reasons:
- To alleviate uncomfortable symptoms that can impact daily life.
- To address long-term health risks associated with decreased estrogen levels, such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
- To support emotional well-being and mental health during this period of chan
Through our team of midwives, nurse practitioners, and physicians, we can provide treatment to manage your symptoms and improve your health. Our services include:
- Hormone Therapy: Hormone therapy can help boost estrogen and progesterone levels to relieve menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.
- Antidepressants: Antidepressant medications, such as SSRIs, can help treat symptoms of hot flashes with menopause.
- Urogynecology: Our team can provide nonsurgical and surgical treatment through our urogynecology services for signs of urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems.
- Well-Woman Exams: At May-Grant OB/GYN, we can provide breast exams, pap smears, and pelvic exams to help track and treat symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, alongside other problems.
- Vaginal Moisturizers/Lubricants: Women experiencing vaginal dryness from menopause can also receive prescription lubricants to treat their discomfort.
- Lifestyle Changes: Some diet and exercise routine changes can help alleviate menopause symptoms. Our team can work one-on-one with you to develop a long-term treatment plan that protects your health from diseases throughout your life.
Prevention and Education
While menopause is a natural stage of life and not preventable, educating women about what to expect and how to manage symptoms effectively is a key focus of our care. We also emphasize preventive measures to protect against health conditions that can arise post-menopause.
With the right support and treatment, women can navigate menopause comfortably and continue to lead vibrant, healthy lives. Our team at May-Grant OB/GYN is committed to providing compassionate care tailored to the needs of each woman during the menopause transition and beyond.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: At what age does menopause typically occur?
A: Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, but the timing can vary widely from woman to woman.
Q: Can lifestyle changes really help manage menopause symptoms?
A: Yes, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction techniques can significantly impact symptom management.
Q: Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) safe?
A: HRT can be safe and effective for many women, but it’s not suitable for everyone. Our team will evaluate your health history and current symptoms to determine if HRT is a good option for you.
Q: How can I protect my bone health during menopause?
A: We recommend calcium and vitamin D supplements, weight-bearing exercises, and in some cases, medication to help preserve bone density.
Experience Menopause with Confidence at May-Grant OB/GYN
Menopause is a natural part of aging, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. The team at May-Grant OB/GYN is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to manage symptoms and support overall health during this transition. Call us at 717-397-8177 to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a comfortable and healthy menopause experience.