Hot flashes, weight gain, and fatigue are hallmark signs of menopause, but you don’t have to live with them. At Bay Area Physicians for Women in Mobile, Alabama, the experienced obstetrics and gynecology physicians offer treatments for menopause symptoms to help you feel like yourself again. Call the office to learn more or use the online scheduler today.
Menopause is the time in a women’s life when she permanently stops getting her period. The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, but you could reach menopause any time in your 40s or 50s.
The period leading up to menopause is called periomenopause. During this time, you may have irregular periods and other signs of hormone fluctuations. You’ve reached menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual period in 12 months.
The symptoms you may experience because of menopause include:
Hormonal fluctuations are common causes of these and other symptoms of menopause. The good news is that with proper treatment, you don’t have to live with unpleasant menopause symptoms.
To find out if you need hormone treatment for menopause, your Bay Area Physicians for Women provider reviews your medical history and symptoms. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and order blood tests to evaluate your current hormone levels. You might also need a bone scan or a mammogram.
The main treatments that help reduce menopause symptoms include:
Adopting healthy habits can diminish your chance of menopause symptoms or make them less severe. Eat nutritious foods, get regular exercise, keep stress levels low, and get plenty of sleep each night.
Hormone therapy replaces low levels of estrogen and other hormones. You might take pills or use patches, implants, creams, gels, sprays, vaginal applications, or subdermal pellets.
If you have low bone density, osteoporosis, or other common conditions associated with menopause, your Bay Area Physicians for Women specialist may recommend you take medications or dietary supplements.
To learn more about overcoming menopause symptoms, call the Bay Area Physicians for Women office or use the online scheduler today.