What are menopause changes? Menopause changes occur naturally when a woman stops ovulating and having a monthly period due to a lack of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone.
What are menopause changes?
Menopause changes occur naturally when a woman stops ovulating and having a monthly period due to a lack of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone. In general, Dr. Lawrence Eisenhauer considers a woman to be menopausal when she hasn’t had a period for at least 1 year. However, symptoms and changes may begin much earlier.
When does menopause begin?
Though it begins at different times for different women, it commonly starts after the age of 45. In fact, the average age of onset in the United States is 51. Menopause that starts before the age of 40 is considered premature, and Dr. Eisenhauer encourages women with these symptoms to make an appointment for an evaluation. Testosterone levels are high at 20 years, low or absent by 40 years. This also affects response and interest.
What are the symptoms?
Prior to menopause, women may experience a change in their menstrual cycles, with periods becoming heavier, lighter, or less frequent than normal. Once a woman reaches menopause, she may experience a number of symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, hair loss from the scalp, increased hair growth on the face, trouble concentrating, mood swings, trouble sleeping and night sweats. In addition, arm and leg strength can suffer.
What treatments are available for menopausal women?
Women improve some of the symptoms through self-care. Dr. Eisenhauer recommends sticking to a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in regular exercise and getting plenty of sleep. If you experience vaginal dryness, laxity, itchiness or painful intercourse, MonaLisa Touch treatments can help.* MonaLisa Touch uses laser energy to stimulate collagen production, which promotes firmness and lubrication in the vagina.* To learn more about MonaLisa Touch, click here.
In some cases, prescription medications can help menopausal women.* Depending on the patient’s symptoms, Dr. Eisenhauer prescribes low-dose birth control pills or bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. To learn more about bioidentical hormone pellet therapy, click here. He may also prescribe medications commonly used for other symptoms or medical issues, Dr. Eisenhauer is here to help treat menopausal symptoms; call or schedule an appointment online today!
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.