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Menopause is the point in time when a woman has not had a period for one year. It is a natural process that most women experience in their 40s or 50s. When menopause occurs, the woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

The effects of menopause can affect your life in many ways and it is important to speak with a skilled gynecologist to learn how to manage the effects of menopause. 

Perimenopause occurs during the time before menopause and is an important time to seek advice from a gynecologist to avoid complications. Skipped and irregular periods are a sign that you may be in a perimenopausal stage; however, medical tests can also determine if you are in a perimenopausal stage. 

If you are seeking medical advice from a knowledgeable and experienced gynecologist, feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation!

What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?

The usual symptoms of menopause can occur during perimenopause, which can start months or even years earlier. They include:

  • A change in periods, which can be shorter or longer, lighter or heavier, with more or less time in between
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood changes
  • Slower metabolism and weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Thinning hair
  • Increasing facial hair growth

Some symptoms of menopause may require treatment. It is best to speak to your doctor to learn how to best manage the symptoms. Our team is highly skilled and experienced in helping patients who are experiencing menopausal symptoms. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for menopause treatment!

What Are the Stages of Menopause?

The process of menopause happens in stages and there are three phases in the transition, which are, perimenopause (when a woman’s body begins the transition); menopause (when you have experienced 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period); and postmenopause (usually 24 to 36 months after your last period, when your symptoms begin to subside). 

Can I Manage My Symptoms?

Many people may be able to manage their own symptoms depending on the severity, medical history, and overall health. Managing your menopause symptoms can include hormone therapy, medication, and/or lifestyle changes. It is best to consult with a menopause doctor to assess the stage of menopause you are in and help determine the best steps for your case in particular.

There are many steps available to reduce your symptoms without having to take hormones, including:

  • Control risk factors for heart disease, such as your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Do not smoke, as smoking can cause early menopause
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Get adequate calcium and vitamin D in food or supplements
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink enough water
  • Reduce refined sugars and processed foods
  • Eat protein-rich foods

What Triggers a Hot Flash?

There are many different contributing factors that may cause a hot flash, including:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Spicy foods
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Tight clothing

Contact Us Today to Speak to a Menopause Doctor

If you are experiencing the symptoms of menopause and are interested in seeking treatment best for you, contact our team today. Dr. Ronald E. de la Peña. is a skilled doctor who has specialized in menopause treatment for years and can provide you with the best results possible.

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