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Though menopause is a natural, biological process when your body no longer menstruates or has the ability to conceive, it can last up to 10 years and be challenging for many women. Menopause can instigate severe hot and cold flashed, disrupt your sleep, your energy level, even trigger feelings of sadness. Essentially, complicated menopause symptoms can negatively affect you entire wellbeing, self worth and quality of life.

Luckily, for the menopausal women of Celebration and the surrounding areas, the medical team can help them through the physical and emotional effects as their body goes through menopause.

Symptoms of Problematic Menopause

Hormonal changes are the main cause of menopause symptoms.

Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Decreased fertility
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Thinning hair
  • Loss of breast fullness

These changes occur over a period of months or years and can be subtle. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to the doctors at A Place for Women.

Talk to your doctor if you have:

  • Bleeding again after menopause.
  • Menopause symptoms causing problems or interfering with your daily life.

Tests to Diagnose Menopause

The signs and symptoms of menopause, along with your age, are usually a good indication you’re going through menopause. However, the medical team will talk to you about your symptoms to determine a definitive diagnosis and the best way to help you with your symptoms.

In some cases your doctor may recommend further evaluation including:

  • Testing your hormone levels
  • Testing your thyroid levels because hypothyroidism can cause symptoms similar to those of menopause.

Treatments and Procedures for Menopause

As women treating women, each doctor will take the time to help find treatment options to alleviate your menopause symptoms to prevent or lessen other conditions that can occur with aging.

Treatments include:

  • Hormone therapy to replace estrogen.
  • Low-dose antidepressants to help with emotional fluctuations.
  • Medications to replace or prevent bone loss or osteoporosis.
  • Vaginal estrogen to relieve vaginal dryness, discomfort with intercourse and some urinary symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes

Menopause symptoms can be frustrating but fortunately, many symptoms can be reduced or prevented with a few lifestyle changes.

  • Regular exercise, dressing in layers, drinking cool beverages, can help alleviate the discomfort of hot flashes.
  • Use over-the-counter water-based vaginal lubricants or moisturizers can help decrease vaginal dryness.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Practice relaxation techniques to help eliminate or reduce stress.
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor with Kegel exercises to help improve urinary incontinence.
  • Eat a balanced diet and avoid foods that might aggravate your hot flashes.
  • Quit smoking.

To learn more about the variety of menopause therapy and treatment options available at A Place for Women, call our practice 321.939.3553.