Menopause management can help women adjust and find treatment options to reduce the severity of symptoms through the stages of this life change.
Menopause is a natural condition that involves the loss of hormone function as women age. Typically, menopause affects women between the ages of 40 and 60. Medical professionals can help guide you through this transition with personalized menopause management.
The Stages of Menopause
There are three main stages of menopause: perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.
In perimenopause, the body’s hormone and estrogen levels begin to drop. Symptoms like menstrual irregularity, hot flashes and mood changes may begin to appear. Since you can still become pregnant at this stage, it is important to continue to use birth control.
It can take three to five years for your body to reach menopause, which is when you have your last menstrual period. When you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months, you are then in post-menopause.
Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?
How do you know if you need help with menopause management? You may experience a range of symptoms throughout this time in your life. Here are the most commonly reported body changes associated with the drop in your hormone levels:
- Vaginal dryness
- Libido loss
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Irritability, mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Skin, hair and nail changes
- Breast tenderness
It’s difficult to predict exactly when you will begin to experience menopausal symptoms. Depending on your family history and individual health status, you will be affected at different times, and your symptoms will vary.
What Are Your Treatment Options?
Your health care provider will be able to counsel you on your treatment options, including the benefits and drawbacks of hormone therapy, which may involve the use of either synthetic estrogen or progesterone. You also may decide to investigate whether prescription pills or low-dose birth control pills can help relieve symptoms.
Lifestyle Changes to Consider
Menopause management includes professional recommendations on lifestyle changes to help reduce stress and increase overall health — two changes that can help ease menopausal symptoms. Form a plan to increase exercise and change your diet. By decreasing alcohol and caffeine consumption, adding more fruits and vegetables and reducing the amount of fat and overall calories you eat, your health will improve and you will find the side effects of menopause may be less disruptive to your daily life.
Just as each woman will experience menopause differently, every woman also needs personalized care to help navigate this natural transition. Discuss your needs with Rocky Mountain Women’s Health Center and receive the compassionate, caring assistance you need with menopause management.