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!
Knowing is half the battle. Find out what to expect during your next women’s health exam.
No matter how healthy you feel and regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, all women should come in once a year for a routine gynecological exam. These exams are important not just for your health but also your mental wellbeing. Our Denver, CO OBGYNs also offer support and advice while answering any questions you may have. If it’s your first visit then it will also be your first Pap smear. Don’t worry; it’s much easier than you might think.
We are here to tell you that a Pap smear is really not as intimidating or stressful as it might seem. First and foremost, this test should not hurt. Sure, the idea of baring your more sensitive regions and wearing a paper gown may not scream fun, but your visit should never be physically painful or uncomfortable.
Why do I need a Pap smear?
This is the best diagnostic tool to screen for cervical cancer. By taking a small sample of tissue from the cervix and testing it, we can check for the presence of any abnormal or precancerous cells, as well as other changes that may indicate a problem. By performing this test we can detect cervical cancer earlier on, when it’s much easier to treat, and we can also prevent precancerous cells from turning into full-blown cancer.
How often should I get this test?
You’ll be happy to hear that if your results are normal and you’ve never had an abnormal Pap test that you only have to get this done every three years starting at 21 years old. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV) or other risk factors then you may need to be screened more regularly. When we sit down to discuss your medical history our Denver gynecologists will be able to better determine just how often you should come in for this cervical cancer screening.
Do you have questions about your upcoming Pap smear? Do you need to schedule your next exam with us? Experiencing symptoms? These all warrant a call to Partners in Women's Health in Denver, CO. Turn to the leading OBGYN experts today!
Prenatal care is an important part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal care includes routine visits to your Denver, CO OBGYN several times throughout your pregnancy. These visits give your doctor an opportunity to monitor the baby’s health and development, as well as your health. Partners in Women’s Health are your caring and experienced doctors for prenatal care.
Between eight and 28 weeks pregnant, prenatal visits are scheduled with your Denver OBGYN every four weeks. Between 28 and 35 weeks, visits will be scheduled every two to three weeks. From 35 weeks until birth, prenatal visits occur weekly. Several things can be checked during a routine prenatal visit, including:
- Monitoring your weight.
- Checking your vital signs, including blood pressure.
- Listening to the baby’s heartbeat.
- Measuring your abdomen.
- Gathering urine or blood samples.
- Performing an ultrasound.
- Checking to see how far you are dilated in the last few weeks.
- Diet and exercise during pregnancy can be discussed.
There are several notable visits that occur during your pregnancy. During your first visit, your medical history will be noted and a pap smear performed. An ultrasound might be scheduled around this time, or shortly after, to confirm the pregnancy and calculate a due date. At your second visit, prenatal labs are performed, as well as screening for such conditions as Cystic Fibrosis. If desired, the flu vaccine can be administered during the 16th week of pregnancy.
An additional ultrasound is performed during the 20th week to check the baby’s anatomy and development. At this time, it is possible to identify the sex of the baby, if desired. During the 28th week, you will be screened for gestational diabetes and receive a TDAP vaccine. Rhogam injections are also administered at this time for mothers who are Rh negative. A Group B Strep vaginal culture is performed during the 35th week of pregnancy.
Prenatal visits are extremely important for promoting a healthy pregnancy. Following the recommended schedule for prenatal visits allows your Denver, CO OBGYN to monitor both your health and the baby’s. Additionally, your doctor can identify potential concerns right away and address them before there is a serious problem. To schedule your first prenatal appointment with one of the caring doctors at Partners in Women’s Health, call the office at (303) 399-3315.
All women, no matter how healthy, should come in once a year for an OBGYN checkup.
While most women don’t relish a trip to see their Denver, CO, OBGYNs, this annual visit is an important part of maintaining good health. These visits can not only detect issues that you may not have even realized you had, but it’s also a great time to chat about your health, birth control options and have any of your questions or concerns answered.
What happens during an annual woman’s exam?
Whether you’ve never had an annual exam before or you haven’t visited our Denver gynecologist in a while, you may be wondering what these checkups entail and why they are so crucial. When you come in once a year you can expect:
- A breast examination
- A physical exam
- A pelvic exam
- A pap smear
- Updates to your medical history
- Updates to your medications
- Providing new prescriptions or refilling a current prescription
- Screening for other conditions (STDs)
Coming into our office, you’ll always receive comprehensive and tailored medical care. While you should be performing a breast exam on yourself once a month, this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on coming in once a year. We can detect issues that you may have missed.
Of course, there have been some changes made to how often women need to get pap smears, a test that checks for cervical cancer. As a result, women may think that they don’t need to come in once a year for a checkup, but this is far from accurate. Here are just some of the benefits of coming in each year:
STD Screening: You may not always experience symptoms of an STD but some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility, pelvic pain, and other issues.
Getting Contraception: Most women are interested in some form of contraception, whether it’s in the form of a pill, patch, an injection or an IUD. From hormonal to non-hormonal options, we provide it all so that you can get the contraception that will fit your own personal needs.
Discussing Personal Issues: Whether you’re dealing with sexual dysfunction or domestic violence, our gynecologists are equipped to handle all of your personal and medical concerns and to provide individualized and understanding care during more challenging or difficult times.
Detecting Cancer: Pre-cancer and early stages of cancer don’t often show symptoms. Once symptoms appear, cancer may be pretty advanced. By coming in once a year we can perform the pelvic exam necessary to check for any suspicious growths or other signs of cancer.
If it’s time to schedule your annual checkup, then turn to the compassionate and gentle team at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, CO. We are here to ensure that your next visit is a comfortable and easy one for you. Call us today.
Just like puberty, every woman will eventually go through menopause. However, many women going through this important change in their lives are not well-informed about how to manage its symptoms. Luckily, your doctor can help you prepare for and understand the symptoms of menopause. Learn more with your OBGYN at Partners in Women’s Health in Denver, CO.
What is menopause?
Menopause occurs as a woman ages and includes the symptoms and changes which come before and after she ceases to menstruate. This process marks the end of a woman’s reproductive period in her life. Menopause causes a large shift in hormones due to the ovaries, which produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, ceasing to ovulate. Menopause normally occurs around the age of 40. If menopause occurs before the age of 40, it is considered early or premature menopause.
Managing the Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause produces several tell-tale symptoms, including mood swings, fatigue, irritability, headaches, vaginal dryness, incontinence, depression and insomnia. Additionally, menopause causes the body to stop ovulating, resulting in irregular, missed and, eventually, the lack of a period. Managing these symptoms may be as simple as making certain lifestyle changes like getting more exercise to help with insomnia or avoiding things which trigger hot flashes. Some women benefit from hormone replacement therapy to help combat the symptoms of menopause. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of action to handle your menopause symptoms.
Menopause in Denver, CO
Understanding the symptoms of menopause can help you identify when it begins occurring. Since your symptoms may begin several years before menopause itself and build gradually over time, you may not notice them at first. However, your doctor can use a physical examination and certain testing procedures to determine if your body has begun the menopause process. If so, your doctor can help you determine the best way to manage your symptoms moving forward.
For more information on menopause or its symptoms, please contact your doctor at Partners in Women’s Health in Denver, CO. Call (303) 399-3315 to schedule your appointment with your OBGYN today!
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