Our experienced obgyns help women manage menopause
When women think of menopause, they think of the changes they experience as they transition to this new phase of life. Our Round Rock obgyns provide the expertise, care and support that women need during these pivotal years.
Perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause
The period of time prior to menopause, which can last for several years, is called perimenopause. Women can expect their periods to become irregular, sometimes even stopping completely and starting again.
Menopause is complete when a woman stops menstruating and has not had a period for one year. Menopause occurs because the ovaries stop producing two hormones – estrogen and progesterone. The years after menopause are considered the post-menopausal phase of life.
Most women begin the transition to menopause in their 40s and 50s. The average age for menopause is 51, but it varies for each individual and may happen between the ages of 40 and 55.
Symptoms women experience during the menopausal years
Menopause is a very individualized process, and symptoms and their intensity vary widely. Starting during perimenopause, women may experience the following symptoms:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Sleep difficulties
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Increased risk for urinary tract infections
- Mood changes
- Memory issues
After menopause, the drop in estrogen increases a woman’s risk for osteoporosis, a condition where bones get thinner and are more likely to fracture.
Lifestyle changes to help women cope
Our Round Rock obgyns are always available to offer suggestions to women coping with menopause. Women may feel better if they make the following changes:
- Add certain supplements to the daily regimen. The Office on Women’s Health recommends: 2.4 mcg of vitamin B12; 1.5 milligrams of vitamin B6; 1200 mg of calcium; and 600 international units of vitamin D, or 800 IU for women ages 71 and older.
- Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.
- Aim to do aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities at least two days a week.
- Talk to our obgyns about how to quit smoking.
Medical treatment for menopause
When a woman experiences symptoms of menopause that can’t be handled with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications, our Round Rock obgyns can prescribe medications to help.
- Hormone therapy can help manage moderate to severe symptoms of menopause.
- Low-dose birth control pills can help with hot flashes, mood changes and vaginal dryness.
- Local estrogen prescription medications like creams or rings can distribute the hormone directly to the vagina to treat dryness.
Menopause is a natural life transition
Our Round Rock obgyns have the knowledge and experience to help women manage menopause. If you’re ready to talk to a physician about menopause, contact us.