For women, menopause is a natural part of the aging process. It is often referred to as the change of life and marks the transition between a woman’s childbearing years and her non-childbearing years. Some women don’t have any trouble with menopausal symptoms, while others struggle with a multitude of symptoms. The physicians of Louisiana Women’s Healthcare are dedicated to helping women navigate and manage the symptoms of menopause…necessary, the physicians of Louisiana Women’s Healthcare are ready to assist you in this new phase of your life.
Menopause is the time in your life when your menstrual cycles naturally come to an end. After menopause, you no longer ovulate, get your period or have the ability to become pregnant. You officially reach menopause once you’ve gone 12 months without a menstrual period, but you may experience a number of symptoms in the years leading up to it.
Menopause symptoms can vary, and some women have no signs at all while others experience severe discomfort. Most women notice a change in their periods’ frequency and flow. Additional symptoms might include:
Your periods become irregular. This is the classic sign that you are on your way to menopause. Your periods may come more often or less often, be heavier or lighter or last longer or shorter than before.
It is best to work with your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare to identify the treatments that will relieve your most uncomfortable symptoms. Sometimes, lifestyle changes, such as keeping cool, eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep is all that’s needed. However, medications are available to help relieve symptoms these steps don’t alleviate. Some of the more common medical interventions include:
Hormone therapy is an effective and safe treatment for many women going through menopause. Falling levels of female hormones are responsible for many of the physical and emotional menopause symptoms women experience including hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Hormone therapy helps restore these levels, which can bring relief to many women. In addition to alleviating menopausal symptoms, recent research has found that beginning HRT at the time menopause begins may provide additional health benefits such as protection against heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and even dementia in later years.
With the right care, there are many ways to address the disruptive symptoms that come with menopause. If your quality of life is diminished due to menopause, the physicians of Louisiana Women’s Healthcare are ready to help. Schedule an appointment online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.