The transition to menopause can be a challenging and confusing time in your life. As your body goes through this natural change, you may experience a wide array of symptoms that may even interfere with your quality of life. At Boro Park OB/GYN in Brooklyn, New York, the knowledgeable medical staff offers support and treatment options to alleviate the worst symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. To learn more about available options for menopause, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life marked by the cessation of monthly periods for at least 12 consecutive months. The time leading up to the transition to menopause is known as perimenopause, which can last from 1-10 years before your period stops completely.
The average age for the onset of menopause is 55. However, you can begin your transition as early as your 30s. If you experience menopause before you turn 40, you may receive a diagnosis of premature menopause. Your doctor may want to conduct additional tests to determine the cause of your early transition to rule out underlying medical conditions.
Throughout perimenopause, hormone fluctuations can cause a variety of symptoms that may range from mild to life-altering. Common menopause symptoms include:
You may experience one or more symptoms at a time, which may worsen before or during your monthly period. Symptoms may vary from one day to the next and may come and go without explanation. In some cases, you may not experience any symptoms during the menopause transition.
It's also possible to experience continued symptoms after reaching menopause that may resolve on their own or with symptom management help from your doctor.
If symptoms of menopause are present, your Boro Park doctor or midwife discusses their nature and changes in your period to determine if you're starting a journey into perimenopause. They may also request blood work to measure hormone levels and confirm a diagnosis.
There are no specific treatments available for menopause, but your doctor will treat individual symptoms to ensure your quality of life. Available treatments may include hormonal therapies, such as hormone pills, patches, and injections, and birth control. If you’re a smoker or can’t tolerate hormone treatments, non-hormonal medications may be necessary to protect your health.
Changes to your normal diet and exercise routines may be necessary to improve symptoms of menopause, including depression and weight gain.
Your doctor may also offer a referral for holistic therapy to help ease the severity of menopausal symptoms.