Menopause and the perimenopausal years leading up to this time in a woman’s life can come with a variety of uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. The experienced gynecologists at Canterbury Women’s Health Care in Fresno, California, are here with treatment options to ease your symptoms and help you reach optimal health. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about menopause and how to relieve your symptoms.
Menopause is marked when a woman does not have her menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Before menopause, your ovary produces an egg every month. When the fertile egg is made, the ovary also makes estrogen and progesterone.
During menopause, egg production ceases, and your ovaries create less estrogen and progesterone. Periods become less frequent and eventually stop. Things can happen suddenly or occur over time.
Most women experience menopause between their 40s and 50s, though the average age is 51. It’s considered a natural part of the aging process. Surgical menopause is when both ovaries are removed because of benign or cancerous conditions.
When you reach post-menopause, you can no longer become pregnant.
Women experience different menopausal symptoms, and they can last up to five years. Some of them may have severe symptoms while others experience none at all.
You might notice that your periods begin to change in frequency. Additional symptoms include:
Your physician uses blood tests to look for changes in your hormone level and determine if you’re close to menopause or already postmenopausal. Tests may include:
Depending on your blood tests and medical exam, your doctor may recommend hormone therapy, medications, or diet and lifestyle changes to help ease your symptoms and improve your overall health.
The loss of estrogen can increase your risk of developing other health conditions, including heart disease and osteoporosis. Besides collaborating with your doctor, you can improve your long-term health by:
Call or schedule an appointment online with Canterbury Women’s Health Care to learn more.