Just because menopause is a natural part of aging, doesn’t mean you have to suffer through the uncomfortable side effects. At Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the team of board-certified physicians helps manage your menopause symptoms, easing the transition out of your child-bearing years. With offices in Westport, Fairfield, and Norwalk, Connecticut, they use a variety of treatment options, including hormone replacement therapy, to bring you the safest and most efficient results. Call the Avery Center to schedule your appointment or book online today.
As your body prepares for menopause, you may begin to experience a range of symptoms, including:
The signs of menopause may last for a few months to a few years. Once you’ve reached a point where you haven’t had a period for 12 months, symptoms should begin to subside. In the United States, this typically occurs around age 51.
In most cases, menopause is the natural result of aging. As women reach their 40s, their hormone production begins to decrease, and less estrogen and progesterone are available. That impacts fertility and can also lead to the unwanted side effects of menopause.
In other circumstances, menopause is induced prematurely. That's often the result of a hysterectomy that includes the removal of both ovaries, leading to an immediate halt in the production of reproductive hormones. Specific chemotherapy and radiation treatments can also stop menstruation, although this may not be permanent.
A small percentage of women — about 1% — have naturally occurring premature menopause. Referred to as primary ovarian insufficiency, this occurs when your ovaries don’t produce enough estrogen and progesterone; it’s often the result of genetics or an autoimmune disorder.
If your menopause symptoms are mild, your OB/GYN may recommend self-management. For instance, if you’re suffering from sleep disturbances, they may counsel you on improving your sleep habits, and hot flashes can be improved by dressing in layers and avoiding certain foods.
If you’re suffering from sexual discomfort caused by vaginal dryness, use an over-the-counter vaginal lubricant. Continuing to engage in sexual activities increases blood flow to the area and can improve genital health and function.
Your doctor may also recommend:
If at-home remedies aren’t enough to improve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy. Since a drop in estrogen causes the symptoms of menopause, replacing it can significantly reduce your symptoms. In some cases, estrogen is combined with progesterone.
Although hormone replacement therapy isn’t right for everyone, it’s effective in treating your symptoms and preventing bone loss, protecting you against osteoporosis.
If you think hormone replacement therapy may be right for you, contact the Avery Center. Call today or book your appointment online.