Menopause is a stage that middle-aged women eventually go through when they menstrual cycles stop and fertility ceases. In medical literature, it’s specifically defined as the 12 months after a woman's final menstrual period. The one-year mark indicates that the women’s menstrual cycles have ceased. For most women, this occurs sometime during their 40s or 50s. Menopause is a normal part of life and while there are common symptoms, each woman has a unique experience.
Menopause is associated with several different symptoms. Common symptoms include emotional swings, hot flashes, and weight gain, which may be triggered by hormonal changes that women go through during this time of life. Lots of women also have difficulty sleeping, which can lead to fatigue. In a few cases, more serious symptoms, such as pelvic organ prolapse, can develop.
The best way to treat a woman’s menopause symptoms depends on the particular symptoms she is experiencing and the severity of those symptoms. In some cases, medication or hormone replacement may be appropriate. Most women, however, are able to manage many of their symptoms by making lifestyle changes. Following a sleep schedule, exercising regularly, and eating healthy, for example, can help alleviate symptoms. It is important to see your gynecologist for annual visits so that he or she will notice any changes in your health and well-being and provide treatment and care to assist you through this period of change.
Most menopause appointments take about as long as a standard well-care exam. Because treatments don’t require any advanced procedures, a provider just needs time to visit with the patient and perform a basic exam. After the exam, they can recommend any treatments that are appropriate and write any prescriptions that are needed.
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