Sleepless nights, mood swings, fatigue – these are just some of the side effects of menopause. When this change in the hormonal balance occurs, the symptoms can be difficult to live with for many women. However, there are options to minimize the negative side effects of menopause, with management options through your OB/GYN. The question is, when should you make an appointment to talk to your doctor about menopause management?
Menopause is when the menstrual cycle completely ends, but before and after this event can be more significant. Years before the menstrual cycle comes to a complete stop, women can experience many changes in their bodies. Most women begin going through pre-menopause, the years of hormonal change before menopause, in their late forties or early fifties. This can include the following symptoms:
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- Mood shifts
- Slower metabolism
- Changes in periods, often irregular or heavy
- Loss of energy
Menopause management can help control these symptoms and help balance this change in the body. Options can include hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones, that can help you through this adjustment period.
The best time to talk about menopause management is when you begin approaching the time when pre-menopause begins. Schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN and ask about what options you can use to minimize the impact of menopause. This way, when the symptoms begin to occur, you can recognize the changes and have a solution to manage their effect on your life. However, many women wait until they begin having negative side effects before they decide to make an appointment with their OB/GYN. Either way, having your doctor involved can give you medical options to make this phase of your life go as smoothly as possible.
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North Point OB/GYN Associates
1505 Northside Boulevard #3500
Cumming, GA 30041
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