A lucky few note that their cycles get lighter and less frequent but most experience an increase in flow and duration. Luckily there are many ways to address this, ranging from medication to simple in-office medical procedures.
There can be other changes as well, body metabolism slows and women often find that it is easier to gain weight. Hot flashes, night sweats, cold chills, moodiness, low libido, and sleep disruption can also occur. Sometimes these symptoms are mild and can be addressed with lifestyle changes, but many women find that they need to consider hormonal management. There are many options in this regard with no one size fits all solution.
Rockwall Menopause Specialists
Each woman will need to consider her concerns and needs. As specialist in this area we are very familiar with this problem and can review all of the options for improving quality of life. We understand how frustrating this time period can be and are dedicated to doing everything we can to smooth this transition.
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Hormone Replacement Therapy
Using prescription drugs to replace the hormones that the ovaries stop producing during menopause, hormone replacement therapy is usually effective in relieving menopause symptoms. However there can be potential dangers, including risk of blood clots, stroke, and breast cancer so it is important to speak with us to ensure all options are considered.
Most symptoms start during perimenopause, the first stage of menopause. Woman experiences differ widely by and some women do not experience any noticeable symptoms at all. However, others have pronounced symptoms and intense discomfort, which may be lessened by working to re-balance hormone levels in the body.
• Breast tenderness
• Decreased libido (sex drive)
• Hot flashes
• Irregular periods
• Mood swings
• Sleeping difficulty
• Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
• Urinary urgency (a pressing need to urinate more frequently)
• Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex
• Worsening of premenstrual syndrome
Medication and caution
Before taking medications or supplements be sure to contact us to ensure they will not interfere with medications you are already taking. It is important to mention all medications and supplements but most importantly ones taken daily.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate herbal medications, use caution when taking any herbs or supplements. Make sure to stop taking herbal supplements immediately and get medical attention if you experience hives, difficulty breathing or confusion. Do not take more than the recommended dosage of any medication or herbal supplement.