Is This Menopause?
Menopause can have many different symptoms. They may be very mild for some women (those of you in that group, you may want to keep that to yourself when you are around your other menopausal friends) or they may be quite severe and disruptive for others.
What are the possible symptoms?
- Missing periods
- Hot flashes
- Night Sweats
- Pain with sex
- Vaginal Dryness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Urinary changes
- Mood swings
- Low sex drive
- Memory changes or mental fogginess
How do I know if I am in menopause?
If you have any of the above symptoms it is best to discuss them with your doctor. By listening carefully to your symptoms, he or she will often be able to determine if the symptoms are menopause related. Evaluation of blood work is sometimes used as well, but not always needed.
What do I do about it?
Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and your desire for intervention. Lifestyle changes such as healthy diet, exercise, and even stretching before bed have been shown to be helpful. Some over-the-counter treatments are available. However, with more severe symptoms you may choose medical treatment with hormonal or non-hormonal options. Our scientific understanding of various hormones continues to grow, allowing us to use them more safely. If started at the correct age there are health benefits as well.
What does South Lake Women’s Healthcare offer?
At South Lake Women’s Healthcare, we take the time to listen. We want to give you a proper diagnosis, educate you, and help you choose the treatment plan that makes sense to you. We believe that there is not a one size fits all answer. Each patient is unique and we want to find what fits you. Your health and safety are our primary concern. As a member of the North American Menopause Society, it is our mission to stay on top of all the information out there so that we can keep you healthy.