Menopause is a naturally occurring time in a woman’s life when she no longer experiences menstruation. The ovaries stop producing hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, resulting in a possible change in mood, temperament, and a host of other symptoms.
When menstruation has stopped for a year or more, women are considered to have entered menopause. Age plays a large factor, as most women experience menopause around 51 years old, though there are a variety of health conditions that can cause women to experience menopause earlier or later. While women should look for signs their periods may have stopped, they should also keep an eye out for the symptoms of menopause.
Due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, symptoms can begin far before women have fully entered menopause. Be aware of changes in period length and flow, as well as time in between each period. Women also sometimes experience mood swings, vaginal dryness, trouble focusing, hot flashes, night sweats, and facial hair growth when going through menopause.
While these things are part of the natural process of aging, the staff at Women’s Wellness MD helps ease the transition for those experiencing harsher symptoms. One such method of treatment is the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
One method of menopause treatment comes in the form of HRT. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to a variety of different symptoms. HRT is a treatment method used to ease the transition into menopause by supplying low dosages of the hormones your body no longer produces. Estrogen therapy helps reduce instances of hot flashes, while also preventing the loss of bone density.
Treatments come in pills, skin patches, creams, and vaginal rings, so choices can be daunting. Dr. Okasi guides you in the proper direction to make your transition into menopause is as painless as possible.
Dr. Chetanna Okasi and Women's Wellness MD accepts most major insurance plans. If you have any questions, please call our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.