OB-GYNs located in Pembroke Pines, FL & Weston, FL
Though menopause is a natural stage of a woman’s life, managing the symptoms may sometimes seem overwhelming. The doctors at Gemini OBGYN in Pembroke Pines and Weston, Florida, can help you develop a personal menopause management plan. Call the offices today to set up an appointment.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
The point 12 months after a woman’s final menstrual period marks the start of menopause. It’s a natural process that marks the end of fertility, but changing levels of hormones produce bothersome symptoms for many women. The symptoms may begin earlier, during the preceding phase called perimenopause. There’s no predictable way to identify when perimenopause or menopause will begin because it varies widely among women. Perimenopause may start as early as the mid-30s in some, but usually, it happens sometime in a woman’s 40s. Menopause usually starts anywhere between 45 and 55, but it can be earlier or later as well.
What are the common symptoms of menopause?
Menopause symptoms may start during perimenopause or in menopause itself. Some symptoms may never develop, or they may be more severe or less severe than what other women experience. The most common symptoms include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes
- Loss of fullness in the breasts
- Vaginal dryness
- Thinning hair and drying skin
- Slowed metabolism and weight gain
Pregnancy remains possible during the perimenopause stage, during which irregular periods are common. If you’re sexually active and are unsure whether you’re in full menopause or not, you may want to use birth control and watch for signs of pregnancy.
How is menopause treated?
The most effective treatment for the hot flashes associated with menopause is estrogen therapy. Estrogen therapy also wards off loss of calcium from the bones, which may help prevent osteoporosis. There are some concerns about health risks associated with hormone therapy, but these are generally small. Gemini OBGYN also recommends the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to further reduce the risks.
Vaginal estrogen, in the form of cream, tablet, or ring, may combat the symptoms of vaginal dryness, discomfort during sex, and some urinary symptoms associated with menopause. Some low-dose antidepressants may be effective at reducing menopausal hot flashes. If you’d like medication to help alleviate menopause symptoms, your doctor will discuss treatment options and help you decide which option is best for you.
Major Commercial Insurance Plans Accepted
At Gemini OBGYN, we accept most commercial insurances plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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