Menopause may be a natural transitional period, but it often brings bothersome symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and insomnia. The caring team of OB/GYNs at OB/GYN Associates of Miami offer menopause management to women in Miami, Florida, and the surrounding area. If you’re transitioning through menopause or want to know what to expect, call or book an appointment online today.
Menopause is a natural phase of every woman’s life that marks the completion of her menstrual cycles. You officially reach menopause once you’ve gone one year without having a menstrual period or spotting. At this point, your cycles permanently stop, and you can no longer get pregnant.
Before menopause, you may experience a long transition referred to as perimenopause for 4-5 years. During this time, hormone fluctuations can cause an array of unpleasant symptoms.
Perimenopause can last for several years, during which you may notice some of these common changes:
It’s common to experience a multitude of symptoms while you transition through menopause. They may range from mild annoyances to major interference with your ability to enjoy life. Some typical symptoms of menopause include:
The average age for menopause in the United States is 52, but it can happen at any time in your 40s or 50s, with a typical age range of 45-58. You may begin to notice the symptoms of perimenopause earlier than usual, during your 40s.
It’s important to continue seeing the team at OB/GYN Associates of Miami for regular women’s wellness exams throughout menopause. This life transition decreases the levels of hormones in your body, which can increase your risk for certain health problems, including:
If you’re suffering from menopause symptoms, the team can work with you to develop a treatment plan for relief.
First, they perform a comprehensive physical exam and review your medical history. They ask questions about your symptoms, sexual history, and address any specific questions you may have.
If painful sex, vaginal dryness, or mild urinary incontinence are a concern, they may recommend nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment. For other symptoms, they may recommend lifestyle changes or medications, like hormone therapy, to reduce pain.
For help coping with menopause, call or click online to schedule an appointment at OB/GYN Associates of Miami today.