Each woman has a different menopause experience. Some have mild symptoms they barely notice; others have severe hot flashes that disrupt their day and ruin their sleep. Safieh Javid, ARNP, and the team at All Female Health Care protect your health before, during, and after menopause with medical and emotional support. When you have hot flashes, pain during intercourse, or other menopause-related problems, call the office in Sunrise, Florida, or book an appointment online today.
Your hormones start fluctuating in the years before menopause, a time called perimenopause. During perimenopause, your periods may be shorter, longer, heavier, or lighter. You may also skip periods.
As your estrogen production drops to very low levels, you stop ovulating and no longer have periods. You reach menopause when you don't have menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months.
On average, menopause begins around the age of 52. Though you can go through the transition any time from 40-58, only a small percentage of women enter menopause before the age of 45.
Yes, women should get well-woman checkups after menopause. You should get Pap smears up until the age of 65. You also need gynecologic exams to prevent reproductive system problems, get screening for chronic health diseases, and maintain optimal health.
Additionally, the loss of estrogen at menopause puts you at risk for a new group of symptoms and health problems that require gynecology checkups.
Most women struggle with hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Half of all women have these menopause symptoms longer than seven years. However, the symptoms eventually go away.
Menopause causes other symptoms and health problems that don't improve. Estrogen regulates many parts of your body. When your hormones decline at menopause, you can develop problems such as:
In the years after menopause, you have a significantly higher risk of developing osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones).
If your hot flashes are mild, you may be able to get by with everyday solutions like using a portable fan, dressing in layers, and limiting beverages and foods that trigger your hot flashes.
Women who have severe symptoms, struggle with vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, or want to prevent chronic conditions like osteoporosis, need hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy restores normal levels of estrogen. Once your estrogen reaches normal levels, your menopause-related symptoms improve. Maintaining hormonal balance also helps prevent health problems like osteoporosis.
If you need help with perimenopause or menopause, call All Female Health Care, or book an appointment online today.