Menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months without menses. Perimenopause is the months or years preceding menopause, during which time women’s cycles can change and women can experience many of the same symptoms. Common symptoms include: hot flashes, night sweats, irregular bleeding, mood changes, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, lower libido, incontinence, joint pain, weight gain, foggy thinking, and eye dryness.
There are, however, solutions to these symptoms with a little help from your gynecologist.
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In the United States the average age of menopause is 51. It can be the result of the natural decline of ovarian function, surgical menopause (removal of ovaries), premature ovarian insufficiency, or the result of medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.
Following menopause there can also be an increased risk for development of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. These are important concerns to discuss with your provider along with any symptoms that you may be experiencing. Hormone therapy, non-hormonal prescription medications, and evidence-based natural therapies are options for management of perimenopausal symptoms.
Just as the journey of peri/menopause is unique to each woman, so should be her treatment. Schedule a visit with Dr. Erin Conlon or Jade Carboy, NP today for a comprehensive consultation today.