Like the menstrual cycle, menopause is a normal biological process that affects every woman differently. As the body transitions from the reproductive cycle and fertility ends, hormone fluctuations cause a series of changes that can range in severity from mild hot flashes, to a slower metabolism and weight gain. Many women also experience emotional symptoms associated with entering a new life phase. There are many misconceptions about how menopause affects a woman's health and quality of life. Working with a gynecologist and women's healthcare provider can help to ease both physical and emotional symptoms to maintain health and wellbeing during and after the process.
Women's Healthcare in Alpharetta
Just like the onset of menstruation, there is no set age for when the body begins the process in every woman (the general age range is in the 40s - 50s). Menopause refers to the permanent end of the menstrual cycle, generally a year after the last period. Perimenopause is the period leading up to the end of the menstrual cycle, which can begin several years before menopause. The most common symptoms of perimenopause include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Irregular menstrual cycle (shorter, longer, or less frequent periods)
- Mood fluctuations and difficulty sleeping
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Changes to hair and skin (dryness, thinning, laxity of breast tissue)
- Slowed metabolism
The OBGYN team at Complete Women's Healthcare in Alpharetta can design a custom menopause management plan according to each woman's symptoms and lifestyle. Many women have concerns about sexual health and vitality after menopause. Constructing a comprehensive plan that encompasses lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise), therapies like hormone replacement if necessary, and counseling to help navigate the physical and emotional changes can help to take much of the fear and anxiety out of the process.
Contact a Gynecologist in Alpharetta, GA
Regular preventive healthcare screenings can help women prepare for the onset of menopause. For more information on symptom management, treatment, and lifestyle modification options, contact Complete Women's Healthcare by calling (770) 622-9810 to schedule a consultation today.