All women will eventually stop experiencing their menstrual cycles. When periods cease completely for a year, this is menopause. However, it is not as simple as suddenly no longer having periods. There are phases before and after menopause, with many changes to the body. Every woman experiences the phases of menopause differently. Menopause management with an OB/GYN can help women going through this time reduce discomfort and ease the transition. But when is the right time to see your OB/GYN for menopause management?
Menopause can arrive anywhere from the mid to late forties to the mid-fifties. Even within families, sisters can have varying ages when they first start noticing signs of peri-menopause – the first phase of menopause, usually the 3-5 years before periods stop completely. For some women, this first stage is when they start thinking about talking to their OB/GYN. They may start noticing symptoms such as:
Anyone who is experiencing menopause symptoms that are causing discomfort or disruption in their life should talk to their OB/GYN. There are treatments that can manage the symptoms. However, it can be beneficial to discuss menopause management options before symptoms begin. This can help women prepare for this next phase of their life and know what they can expect. There are also supplements that can offset some of the nutritional and hormonal changes that can be taken to help prepare for this next phase.
Menopause treatments like hormone replacement therapy can be an option if symptoms become too aggressive or disruptive. Make an appointment with your OB/GYN to discuss your options to manage the changes that occur during this final reproductive phase of your life.
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North Point OB/GYN Associates
1505 Northside Boulevard #3500
Cumming, GA 30041