Renaissance Women’s Group Helps You Manage Menopause
During the period before, during and after menopause, you will have many questions. You can count on our Austin obgyns for help and support as you make this transition. Every woman experiences menopause differently, and our obgyns will design an individualized treatment plan to help you comfortably and securely move through menopause.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is part of the natural cycle of women’s reproductive lives. It occurs when the ovaries stop making the estrogen needed to thicken the uterine lining and stop releasing eggs, so women no longer have menstrual periods. When a woman doesn’t have a period for one year, she is through with menopause and is considered postmenopausal.
The transitional years before menopause, when women begin to experience symptoms of menopause, are called perimenopause. The average age of menopause is 51, but it can vary widely from the 40s to the late 50s.
What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
Perimenopause usually begins when women are in their 40s, and this is the time when women first begin to notice changes in their bodies. The most intense changes usually occur one or two years before menopause as the production of estrogen dramatically slows down. Renaissance Women’s Group obgyns will talk to you about what to expect, as well as how to manage your symptoms. Here’s what you might encounter:
- Menstrual irregularity or skipped periods
- Heavier bleeding or spotting
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes (including depression or irritability)
- Sleep problems (insomnia, night sweats)
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of interest in, or pain during, sexual intercourse
- Loss of bladder control (incontinence) when laughing, sneezing or lifting
- Weight gain (especially in the belly area)
We know that every woman won’t experience all of these symptoms of menopause, and the obgyns at Renaissance Women’s Group are also aware that every woman will experience symptoms at different times and in varying degrees of severity. We work with each patient to monitor her symptoms and decide what will work best to help her.
What Do I Need to Know about Hormone Therapy?
At Renaissance Women’s Group, we know that some women have menopausal symptoms that require more intensive treatment, and we carefully prescribe hormone replacement therapy as necessary, usually for a period of three to four years before tapering off treatment. We also prescribe vaginal hormone product(s). to help with symptoms such as vaginal dryness. Our obgyns carefully watch every patient who is prescribed hormone therapy to ensure the most effective outcomes.
Menopause, a natural part of life, feels less stressful when you have the right information and doctors who care and understand what you are going through during this transition. For compassionate care during menopause, contact us. Renaissance Women’s Group will help you through this stage of life.