Menopause marks the end of your menstrual cycle. Though menopause has a definite start date, the changes that occur with menopause happen over a period of time. You may experience several symptoms during the “change of life.” The highly skilled team at the Women's Health Domain in Austin, Texas, provides comprehensive care for menopause. To get help from the team at the obstetrics and gynecology practice, call the office adjacent to the Domain in North Austin or schedule an appointment online today.
You officially reach menopause when you go 12 consecutive months without your periods. This marks the end of your ability to get pregnant.
Once you reach menopause, your ovaries produce very little estrogen and progesterone. These female sex hormones regulate your menstrual cycle. Estrogen also plays a role in managing mood, bone health, and cholesterol levels.
A decline in these hormones when you reach menopause increases your risk of developing other health problems like osteoporosis and heart disease.
Though menopause has a start date, the hormonal changes begin well before you stop menstruating. The transition to menopause is called perimenopause.
The transition to menopause may start in your 30s or 40s. On average, most people start the transition to menopause after age 45.
During this time, hormone production fluctuates, causing irregularities in your menstrual cycle and other symptoms commonly associated with menopause.
Your transition to menopause may last months or years.
Menopause symptoms vary in type and severity. Some women may have mild symptoms, while others have severe symptoms that affect daily life. Menopause symptoms occur because of hormonal changes.
Common symptoms you might have during menopause include:
If you have symptoms of menopause that affect your daily life, the team at Women's Health Domain can help. With advances in medical care, there are many effective treatments that can alleviate menopause symptoms.
Before making any specific recommendations, the team at Women's Health Domain does a thorough history and physical exam when you come in for help with menopause. They also check your hormone levels to determine the best course of action to improve your symptoms.
Treatment for menopause might include:
The best treatment for you depends on your symptoms, medical history, and family history.
Hormone therapy is a safe and effective treatment for menopause and may protect bone health. However, the team may recommend other therapies if you have a history of gynecological cancer or heart disease.
For expert menopause care, call Women's Health Domain or schedule an appointment online today.