Menopause technically begins the day after the final cycle of your menstrual flow ends. Perimenopause is a word used to describe the menopause transitional years – which is the time prior to and following a woman’s final period – that takes place while hormone levels are still fluctuating.
Premenopause is the term used to describe the time period leading up to menopause. Postmenopause is the part of a woman’s life that follows menopause. In other words when a woman (with her uterus intact) spends a year experiencing no menstrual flow, she is said to be one-year postmenopausal.
The development of menopause does not transpire overnight, but rather occurs over a period of time. The average age that women begin to experience menopausal symptoms is 51 years old, but in come cases menopause may begin as early as the 30s or as late as the 60s. There is no dependable test available at this time to predict when a woman will begin to experience menopause.
The age at which a woman begins to experience menstrual periods is not connected to the age of menopause onset. Symptoms of menopause can include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding;
- Hot flashes;
- Vaginal and urinary symptoms;
- Mood changes;
- Sleeping difficulties.
Complications that can occur following menopause include osteoporosis and heart disease. Treatments for menopause are customized for each woman by her Fresno OB-GYN and are directed toward alleviating uncomfortable or stressful symptoms.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) consists of estrogens or a blend of estrogens and progesterone. HRT has been used to limit the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Hormone replacement therapy is available in pill, patch and spray forms. A number of different preparations are available for oral and transdermal forms of HRT, varying in both the type and quantity of hormones contained in them.
Mona Lisa Touch
The Mona Lisa touch is a gentle laser useful in treating and reversing the effects of vaginal atrophy of menopause, a condition which affects over 40% of menopausal and post-menopausal women. The Mona Lisa Touch is a safe and effective in reversing vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and other discomforts of vaginal atrophy in women who cannot or do not wish to take hormones as well.
If you would like more information about treatment options for menopause and are in need of a caring and experienced OB-GYN Fresno CA residents rely on the professional and caring staff at the office of Dr. Gail Mallard-Warren.
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