Many women between 40 and 50 years old start to experience the symptoms of menopause. It’s common for women to say they dread this milestone, but you don’t have to. Today, we’re going to talk about what happens during menopause and how you can press pause on your menopausal symptoms to ease your way into your next stage in life.
What Happens During Menopause?
Menopause is a natural stage in life in which a woman’s hormone levels begin to decrease and her period begins to come to a stop. During the process of perimenopause, or the onset of menopause, many women experience mild to severe symptoms that affect their physical and emotional well-being. Once a woman stops having her period for a full year, she is considered to be in menopause. Because menopause is accompanied by a dramatic decline in hormone production, many women characterize menopause by a series of physical and emotional symptoms.
What are the First Signs of Menopause?
Many women feel they are entering perimenopause or menopause when they experience the following symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sex drive
- Mental fog
- Trouble sleeping
- Thinning hair
- Night sweats and hot flashes
- Dry skin
- Absence of periods
- Urinary urgency
- Loss of breast volume
- Frequent and sudden changes in mood
How Long Does Menopause Last?
While you may experience symptoms associated with perimenopause, you will be officially considered in menopause once you haven’t had a period in a full year. The symptoms of your menopause may persist for about four to five years, but will likely decrease in intensity and frequency as time goes on. Once your symptoms stop manifesting, you’ll be considered post-menopausal.
Can Menopause Be Treated?
Yes, the symptoms associated with menopause can absolutely be treated! Many women feel they have to enter this battle of their own, but Dr. Imtiaz is on your side. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Imtiaz may recommend a combination of therapies to help ease your menopause symptoms including medications to help with hot flashes, antidepressants, hormone replacement therapies, medications to prevent osteoporosis and vaginal estrogen. Throughout your treatment process, she’ll monitor your hormone levels and help you best manage your symptoms for an easy transition into the next stage in your life.
Are you ready to get ahead of your menopause symptoms? Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Imtiaz.