As women age, a lot of changes occur. We may be privy to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as changes in our energy levels each and every day. Another lifestyle change may be that of perimenopause and menopause, the period of time when the reproductive system begins to change. It is a natural phase in a woman’s life that marks the end of the menstrual cycle. At GYN Choices, we work with women who are going through “the change” and have questions about what they can expect.
When does menopause occur?
Menopause is the point at which a woman has not had a period for 12 months. Perimenopause is the period before this during which the menstrual cycle may change or become more sporadic. Menopause may be triggered by certain procedures such as radiation, chemotherapy, or a total hysterectomy. At this point, a woman can no longer become pregnant.
What are common symptoms of menopause?
Many women are not too upset about the end of their period, but may be dealing with symptoms of menopause that impact their daily quality of life. This includes a variety of issues commonly reported, including:
- Sexual discomfort
- Low sexual desire/decreased libido
- Weight, hair, and skin changes
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
- Irregular periods
- Memory changes
- Sleep disturbances
- Daytime fatigue
- Urinary symptoms
- Vaginal dryness/discomfort
Women who are experiencing these symptoms may want to ask their doctor about ways to address them. For many women, hormone balancing through hormone replacement therapy can improve many of these issues and provide relief for women with severe symptoms.
Learn more about menopause
If you are entering into the later stages of perimenopause or believe you are already experiencing menopause, you may have a lot of questions for a medical professional to address to help you fully understand the changes happening in your body. East Brunswick, NJ area women are encouraged to book a consultation visit with the doctors at GYN Choices to learn more about the change of life. Call (732) 698-1115 to request an appointment at our facility, located at 281 Summerhill Road and open to new and current patients.