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Menopause Care

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As every woman over a certain age in Central Florida knows, menopause is a natural biological process when your body no longer menstruates or has the ability to conceive. However, menopause can disrupt your sleep, cause severe hot flashes and chills, decrease your energy level and even trigger feelings of sadness.

The OB/GYN doctors at A Place for Women in Celebration and Dr. Phillips are specially trained to help you through the physical and emotional effects as your body goes through menopause. From perimenopause to post menopause, A Place for Women can help you navigate the problems you face. Some of the symptoms you might experience include:

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

Menopause can last around ten years, yet the length and types of symptoms are different for everyone. The physical changes provoked by menopause occur over a period of months or years and can be subtle. But, one thing is true for everyone—you don’t have to suffer through menopause.

In addition to recommending lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, the doctors and medical staff at A Place for Women can help you with your symptoms with:

  • 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.

Menopause Screening

As explained, menopause is a natural process in every woman's life. However, even if you don't show signs or symptoms  of menopause, it’s important that you see your doctor regularly for screening, especially if you have certain risk factors. Regular screening can help in early diagnosis and treatment.

When you talk to your doctor, it’s important to be honest about any symptoms you’ve been experiencing or have become bothersome.

Menopause screening tests include:

  • Blood tests to check hormone levels
  • Medical history to uncover possible symptoms you might have ignored
  • Pap smear
  • Breast exams

To learn more about menopause management services and treatments available at A Place for Women, contact us.