Menopause occurs when your body decreases the production of estrogen and progesterone, the two “female” hormones, causing your menstrual flow to stop. Strictly speaking, menopause is when your period ends, while the time leading up to that is called perimenopause. Most women, however, refer to the entire time period as menopause.
Menopause can cause an array of health issues, including:
irritability and moodiness
vaginal dryness which may result in painful intercourse
decreased interest in sex
tender or itchy breasts or nipples
irregular or abnormal periods, which may include heavy bleeding
Some women have very few symptoms during menopause, while other women have symptoms severe enough to affect their daily living.
Menopause is an unavoidable part of getting older, and while there isn't a “cure” per se, there are treatments that can help make the issues caused by menopause less troublesome. Treatment options can vary based on your symptoms and your preferences, and may include:
vaginal creams to combat dryness and make intercourse more comfortable
medications to help reduce annoying hot flashes
medications to help stabilize your mood or help you sleep
hormone replacement therapy to replace the hormones your body has stopped producing
lifestyle changes, including being more physically active and eating a healthy diet to prevent weight gain and promote better overall health and wellness
Your treatment plan will be customized for your symptoms and your needs to help you stay as healthy and as comfortable as possible.
Yes, you can still become pregnant during the perimenopausal period, but your risk for birth defects is much higher. If you do become pregnant, you should seek genetic counseling to ensure you and your baby are healthy.
Please always verify we participate in your insurance plan when you call to schedule your appointment as our participation with different plans may change from time to time. We also strongly recommend that you contact your insurance carrier to verify your coverage, benefits, limitations and exclusions prior to appointment.
For insurance plans with which we participate, we will seek to obtain verification of your eligibility. However, even when coverage, benefits, and eligibility are verified, your insurance plan will not guarantee the accuracy of their confirmation.
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