Associated Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynecologists & Obstetricians located in Clarkston, MI & Bloomfield Hills, MI
Menopause is a natural time of transition in a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept disruptive symptoms as inevitable. Safe and effective treatments are available under the care of Associated Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bloomfield Hills and Clarkston, Michigan. Don’t struggle with menopause symptoms on your own when you have access to caring, compassionate women’s health specialists ready to help you find relief. Book your visit online, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is not a stand-alone event, but rather a transition out of your reproductive years. The process begins when you stop ovulating and is clinically defined as the timeframe following 12 months without a period.
That process usually occurs between the ages of 45-55, although some women enter menopause earlier. In some cases, a hysterectomy or other procedure brings about early menopause.
Some women move through menopause with relative ease. For others, however, the hormonal fluctuations of menopause cause numerous symptoms that make it difficult to focus on anything else. That’s unfortunate, because menopause usually occurs at a time when the obligations of career and family begin to lessen and you should be able to focus more on personal goals and pursuits.
What are some common menopause symptoms?
No two women share the exact same menopause experience. When symptoms are present, they often include:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disruptions
- Mood swings
- Depression or anxiety
- Joint or muscle ache
- Racing heartbeat
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
- Problems with bladder control
If you notice an increase in these symptoms, schedule a visit with your OB/GYN to explore treatment options.
What is the treatment for menopause symptoms?
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is one of the most powerful tools in treating menopause symptoms. Supplemental hormones can restore a healthy balance and ease symptoms.
There are many different types of hormones and methods for administering hormonal supplementation. Your specialist works with you to find the approach that best suits your needs. It may take some trial and error to find the best balance, depending on how your body responds to HRT.
Other treatments can help ease specific symptoms. For example, an antidepressant can ease depression and anxiety, and there are laser therapies that can improve vaginal dryness and uncomfortable sex. Urinary incontinence can also be treated, often with minimally invasive options.
To learn more about managing the symptoms of menopause, schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.