Menopause marks a major life change that may introduce a number of questions and concerns. The caring OB/GYNs at Woodglen Medical Group counsel women from throughout the San Gabriel Valley on what they can expect from menopause, and they treat a wide range of menopausal symptoms at their convenient location in Glendora, California. If you’ve started the transition to menopause, call or book an appointment online today.
Menopause is a normal biological process that marks the end of your menstrual periods. You’ve officially reached menopause when you go a full year without getting your period. After menopause, you can no longer get pregnant.
The months and years leading up to menopause are called perimenopause. During this time, your hormone levels fluctuate and may cause hot flashes, insomnia, and many other symptoms.
The average age for menopause is 52, with a typical range between 45 and 58. Perimenopause usually begins in your mid-to-late 40s and lasts an average of four years. Menopause may happen earlier in women who have never had children.
Often, the first sign of perimenopause involves irregular periods. Your periods might be longer or shorter than normal, or you might skip some months. Menstrual bleeding may also be heavier or lighter than before.
Other common symptoms of menopause include:
Menopausal symptoms are different for every woman. Your provider at Woodglen Medical Group can help you understand how the transition to menopause is affecting your unique body.
After menopause, your levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone decrease. This change in hormone levels increases your risk of certain health problems, such as:
It’s important to continue seeing your provider at Woodglen Medical Group for routine well-woman exams after menopause.
For some women, menopausal symptoms negatively affect their health and quality of life. The compassionate OB/GYNs at Woodglen Medical Group spend as much time as you need discussing your concerns and developing a personalized treatment plan.
Depending on your needs, treatment may include hormone replacement therapy or MonaLisa Touch® nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation. Some women may benefit from both treatments.
To learn more about coping with menopause, call Woodglen Medical Group or book an appointment online.