Menopause is the time in a woman's life when she stops getting her period and is no longer able to become pregnant.
Perimenopause is the transitional period through menopause associated with irregular periods, which might last about four years before your periods eventually stop. The average age for menopause is 52 in the United States.
The following signs and symptoms may indicate perimenopause or menopause:
Health complications sometimes associated with menopause include osteoporosis, heart or blood vessel diseases, sexual dysfunction, and urinary incontinence. Treatment can reduce your risk of these and other health problems, in addition to offering menopause symptom relief.
To find a treatment that best matches your needs, Dr. Ziworitin asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical history. He completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test, and might recommend blood tests, urine tests, or diagnostic imaging procedures.
Your menopause treatment plan might include:
Making lifestyle changes might reduce symptoms of perimenopause and lower your risk of osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. Examples include maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of sleep and exercise, eating nutritious foods, reducing stress, and not smoking.
Taking oral hormone replacement therapy pills or using vaginal estrogen products can increase estrogen and progesterone levels within your body to offer symptom relief.
Taking certain medications or dietary supplements can reduce hot flashes and other menopause symptoms, and lower your risk of or treat osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and heart problems. Dr. Ziworitin lets you know which medications or supplements are right for you.
Laser therapy is often an effective treatment for symptoms of vaginal atrophy – such as vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, bleeding with intercourse, and lax vaginal tissue. Laser technology gently heats tissues to tighten them and increase collagen production.
Don’t live with symptoms of menopause when noninvasive treatments are within reach at Genesys Women OBGYN. Book your next appointment by phone or online today.