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Menopause

Menopause

Menopause is defined as the time in a woman’s life when she transitions from potentially bearing children to being unable to conceive. Menopause marks the end of fertility and monthly menstruation. It occurs in all women except those who have had a hysterectomy. Menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 40-60 as a normal biological process. Menopause typically occurs over the course of a few years.
 
There are many signs of menopause, including:
  • Hot flashes
  • Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in your period
  • Bladder trouble
 
During this time, your body will also lose estrogen which helps control bone loss. This causes bones to become fragile and weaken. It is important to talk to your physician about possibly preventing bone loss and the need for a bone density screening. 
 
Although there is no cure for menopause, treatments can help relieve symptoms. Many women choose to supplement hormones lost during menopause with hormone replacement therapy. Maintaining good health during this time in your life is very important in order to relieve symptoms as much as possible. Practicing a healthy diet and regular exercise are recommended for weight control.
 
Make sure you are receiving enough calcium and limiting your alcohol intake. Additionally, be sure to consume sufficient vitamin D. It is important to consult with your physician if you are experiencing extreme menopausal symptoms or are concerned about the hormonal changes in your body.
 
The providers at the Center for Women’s Health understand that caring for a woman’s health requires more than just good “medical” care. Call (770) 297-2200 or contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians to help you with your health needs.