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Are Your Menopause Symptoms Worse Than Expected?

Women experience symptoms of menopause differently. Most report being bothered by hot flashes, but they occur in varying degrees of intensity and frequency for everyone. Mood swings, another common issue, might invade your days while your menopausal neighbor or sister has more difficulty with sleepless nights than moodiness. And some women experience a little, or a lot, of everything that menopause can unleash, from drenching night sweats to thinning hair.

Regardless of what your experience is like, if your menopause symptoms are interfering with your ability to function or experience life’s many enjoyments, there are effective treatments available to help you move through this phase of your life.  

We can’t stop menopause from occurring. Rather, our goal at Boro Park OB/GYN is to provide supportive care and treatment strategies that alleviate your symptoms and help maintain your quality of life throughout menopause and the years ahead.

Understanding the stages of menopause

Unless you’re experiencing premature menopause due to a surgical procedure or other medical condition, menopause is a natural process that typically occurs in stages. First comes perimenopause, which eventually leads to menopause — the cessation of menstrual cycles.  

Most women begin the transition into menopause (perimenopause) sometime in their mid to late 40s. As hormone production from your ovaries begins to decline during this phase, you may notice irregular periods and an occasional hot flash.

You can typically expect the symptoms of menopause to begin in earnest in your early 50s and continue until your body reaches the postmenopausal state, which occurs once you’ve gone a full 12 months without a period.

Menopause symptoms are due to declines in estrogen and progesterone normally produced by your ovaries and can include:

You may experience a few or all these symptoms, which can decrease in intensity or frequency or may resolve as your body adjusts to the changes in hormone levels related to your reproductive system. They are temporary but can last for years.

How your doctor can help  

Your specialist at Boro Park is well acquainted with menopause, its symptoms, and the treatment strategies available to lessen your discomfort. We always take the time to design plans that are tailored to your needs rather than using a cookie-cutter approach to treat menopausal symptoms.

We may recommend changes in lifestyle; medication to help remedy your hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings; or a combination of treatment strategies based on your overall health and the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Medications that can help

Several medications are available for treating symptoms of menopause. Your best option depends on whether the benefits of the medicine outweigh its risks to your health. Hormone replacement therapy, for instance, may be the most obvious solution and is often very effective, but your personal and family history might eliminate that as a treatment.

Other medications we may consider include:

Lifestyle changes and home remedies that work

There are many relatively simple measures you can take on your own to help relieve your symptoms, including:

For a comprehensive, patient-focused treatment strategy that can lessen your menopause symptoms, schedule your appointment at Boro Park OB/GYN today.

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