Just as each of us is unique and complex, so are the stages of menopause and the hormonal transition it involves. Menopause can start early or late. It can cause serious lifestyle problems or be relatively trouble-free. In any case, we can see you through this important stage of life and address any concerns you have.
Stages of Menopause
The period leading up to menopause is known as perimenopuase and is marked by a decrease of estrogen, which results in changes in your menstrual cycle. You many have longer or shorter periods than normal, or you may begin to skip periods.
Menopause occurs when a woman stops having menstrual periods and marks the end of childbearing years. The average of menopause in the United States is 51. While menopause symptoms are different for everyone, the most common signs of menopause are:
- Hot flashes – sudden rush of heat to the upper body and face. Hot flashes often cause you to blush and break out in a sweat.
- Sleep Problems – including trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Hot flashes can also disrupt sleep.
- Vaginal Changes – decreases in estrogen can cause vaginal dryness and pain during sex.
- Urinary Tract Changes – you may need to urinate more often and experience more urinary tract infections.
- Bone changes – menopausal women are at greater risk of bone loss (osteoporosis).
- Risk factors – decreases in estrogen can put women at higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Mood swings
- General depression
- Foggy brain and poor concentration
- Weight gain and decreased muscle tone
- Low libido
We know there is a lot of confusing, conflicting information out there about menopause and hormone therapy. Successfully treating menopause requires a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your body and the symptoms you are experiencing. Please call our office at (865) 331-1122 to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options if you are struggling with the symptoms of menopause.