Are you going through menopause? Find out what you can do to reduce symptoms and keep yourself healthy.
Menopause is something that will happen to every woman. Of course, when she starts experiencing symptoms, the range and severity of symptoms, and how long menopause lasts is different for every woman. Here at Partners in Women’s Health, our Denver, CO OBGYNs understand that you may have a lot of questions about menopause. We are here to provide a little insight into what’s going on with your changing body.
What is menopause?
While most people have heard of menopause and think they know what it is, not many people can actually explain what happens during menopause. Simply put, menopause is when a woman no longer gets her period, which indicates that she is no longer of reproductive age. This usually occurs around a woman’s 40s; however, it can occur earlier in some women. If you haven’t had a period for over a year this is considered menopause.
How do you handle menopause symptoms?
There are certain changes that can occur that may be tipping you off to the fact that you are heading into menopause. Most people will experience hot flashes, which can leave you feeling flushed and even sweaty. Some women experience very mild hot flashes while other women will experience some pretty severe symptoms.
Along with hot flashes, it’s not abnormal to deal with mood changes, depression, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, changes in your sex drive or even insomnia. We know that some of these problems can be disconcerting, so it’s important that you have a Denver gynecologist on your side who can help you manage your symptoms.
Since a woman going through menopause doesn’t produce estrogen or progesterone anymore it’s important to replace these hormones to reduce hot flashes and other symptoms. Estrogen therapy can be a great way to tackle your symptoms and also prevent certain long-term issue like bone loss (osteoporosis).
Along with hormone replacement therapy, there are other types of medications to address the specific symptoms you are experiencing. For example, if you find yourself fighting depression and hot flashes, an antidepressant will be able to address both the mood changes and your hot flashes.
If you are dealing with vaginal dryness, an estrogen cream can be prescribed by one of our specialists to help reduce symptoms and to improve your sexual health. Along with medications, there are a variety of everyday measures you can take to reduce symptoms. From diet and exercise to practicing good sleep habits, we can provide the tips and advice you need to make menopause easier on you.
We know you probably have a question about menopause and the symptoms you are experiencing. Know that you aren’t alone. The specialists at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, CO are here to help. Call us today!