Anthem Menopause Specialists
The time at which a woman’s cycle ceases—known as menopause—brings big changes to a woman’s health. In the years leading up to menopause, you may experience symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, and after menopause you may suffer from vaginal dryness and weight gain.
MENOPAUSE Q & A
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Symptoms of menopause usually occur for several years before the cessation of your period; this is called perimenopause. In addition to changes in your menstrual cycle—it may skip months, become heavier, or shorter—you may experience:
Slowed metabolism resulting in weight gain
Thinner hair and dryer skin
Loss of breast volume
When will I reach menopause?
Menopausal symptoms can start in your 30s or 40s, but the average age of menopause is 51. If you’ve had cancer treatment or surgical removal of your ovaries, you may experience menopause earlier.
Can I still get pregnant?
Once you’ve gone a full year without a menstrual cycle, you’re considered to be in full menopause and no longer fertile. In the time leading up to menopause, you may still be able to get pregnant, even if you skip periods. Use birth control during the perimenopausal time if you want to prevent pregnancy.
Why is it important to see a gynecologist during menopause?
The doctors at Anthem OBGYN can help address any issues you might be having leading up to menopause, including vaginal dryness, incontinence, and hot flashes. You can also benefit from screenings to manage other aspects of your health as you age, including:
What changes in my health should I expect during menopause?
Menopause doesn’t necessarily change your health, but it does raise your risk of certain diseases. When your body produces less estrogen, you’re at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The risk of osteoporosis, in which your bones become brittle and weak, also rises. Your metabolism naturally slows as you age, and many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may also experience changes in your urinary function, sexual desire, and enjoyment.
What should I expect during treatment for menopause?
The doctors at Anthem OBGYN are available to answer questions and monitor your symptoms. Regular pelvic and breast exams are still necessary. Bring up any and all concerns you have. They can address some menopausal symptoms with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), vaginal revitalization, low-dose antidepressants, and medications to treat osteoporosis.