Whether you’re already feeling hot flashes associated with menopause, or if you know they’re coming and want to plan accordingly, you’ll need to see an expert gynecologist. The team at OB/GYN Care Orlando in Winter Park, Florida, specializes in treating menopausal symptoms. Since there isn’t a way to avoid menopause, his goal is to help you maintain your health and make your experience as comfortable as possible.
There isn’t always a specific blood test or evaluation test to see if you’re menopausal, however, there are many things your doctor can do to help you evaluate your symptoms and concerns. In general, you’re in menopause if you have gone 12 months without having a menstrual period. This marks the official end of your menstrual cycles and fertility stage of life. While the average age for the onset of menopause is 51, you can start in your 40s, or later on in your 50s. Sometimes a woman is in perimenopause for a long period of time before going all the way into full menopause. Perimenopause can cause significant symptoms and concerns and can most often be treated to help you transition with ease and optimal health.
Most women are familiar with the hot flashes associated with menopause. But you’ll likely also have other symptoms, including:
Yes. Before menopause, you’ll experience perimenopause. Aside from experiencing any or all of the symptoms listed above, you’ll notice that your menstrual cycle regularity will change. Beginning in your late 30s or 40s, you’ll probably start missing periods. Some women report having one every other month, while other women only have a period a few times a year. This can go on for 1-2 years (or more) before the onset of menopause.
You can get pregnant if you’re in perimenopause because you’re still having menstrual cycles, even though they’re sporadic. This is why it’s important to talk with Dr. K about birth control, especially since it’ll be tougher to track when you’re ovulating. If you’ve had your ovaries removed, had a hysterectomy, or have confirmed the onset of menopause, you won’t be able to get pregnant. This is often a time that women strongly consider permanent methods of birth control like tubal ligation or tubal occlusion with ESSURE.
Yes. Dr. K will spend time with you to see which symptoms you’re having and how severe they may be. If your symptoms are tolerable, for example, you might not need treatment interventions at this time. But if your menopause symptoms are so problematic that they’re affecting your everyday life, it’s time to take a look at hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other medical and therapeutic interventions.
This type of treatment (if you decide on HRT) replaces the estrogen that your body stops producing during menopause. If you still have your uterus, you’ll probably also need progesterone therapy. These hormones — available in natural pills, creams, pellets, injections, and inserts — help balance out your system, minimizing the uncomfortable side effects of menopause.
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