Lucina Women's Health
Minimally Invasive Surgery & OBGYNs located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton Beach, FL
While you approach and reach menopause, your hormones fluctuate, and you might experience distressing symptoms ranging from hot flashes to anxiety. At Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, with locations in Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Parkland, Wellington, and Boynton Beach, Florida, the experienced team offers compassionate, customized menopause management services to protect your health and vitality as you reach the end of your reproductive years. Call or schedule a consultation online today if menopause symptoms are interfering with your quality of life.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is the time of your life when you stop having periods and are no longer able to have children. Women reach menopause at different ages, although 51 is the average age of menopause.
In the years preceding menopause, you go through perimenopause. Your estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate and decline during this stage of life, which can cause a variety of distressing symptoms such as:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Irregular bleeding
- Vaginal dryness and atrophy
- Urinary incontinence
- Libido loss
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Depression and anxiety
Every woman has a unique experience with menopause, and you may or may not have any of these symptoms.
When should I talk to a doctor about menopause?
As you approach menopause, your health needs can change. If your symptoms are mild, you can speak to your Minimally Invasive Center for Women physician about menopause management during your annual well-woman exam. However, if you have severe symptoms that are disrupting your health or quality of life, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Often, your doctor can provide treatment to alleviate your symptoms and restore your health.
How can I manage menopause symptoms?
Your doctor begins with a thorough consultation to learn more about your symptoms, general health, and your specific concerns. They may perform a pelvic exam and order blood work, including hormone level testing, or an ultrasound to evaluate your reproductive organs and overall health.
Your doctor might recommend hormone therapy to relieve some of your symptoms. Estrogen replacement therapy is available in:
- Topical creams
- Vaginal suppositories
- Subdermal pellets
Your doctor can answer your questions and ensure that hormone replacement is safe and effective for you.
They also talk to you about adjusting your diet to reduce your risk of hot flashes, adding exercise to your daily routine to manage weight gain, and mental health services if your hormonal changes are causing depression or anxiety. Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery also offers personalized sexual health services to help you cope with changes to your libido or other symptoms that interfere with your sexuality.
Your risk of osteoporosis also increases as you reach menopause. You might need to have a bone density scan. Your doctor might also recommend that you take calcium supplements to protect your bone health.
Call Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, or make an appointment online, if you’re looking for personalized menopause management care.
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