Gynecology – Menopause

Menopause is the stage in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop functioning. This leads to cessation of menstruation, but can also result in many irritating symptoms, such as; hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, and mood swings. Some women breeze through this time with a minimum of symptoms. Other women can be extremely uncomfortable.

The average age of menopause is 52, but can occur in women much younger. Perimenopause is the time “around” menopause which may last for several years. During this time, a woman’s period may space out and become irregular. Usually, the flow gets lighter, but may be heavier at times, especially when there has been a long gap between menses. One is considered post-menopause when there has been no vaginal bleeding for one year. After this time, if bleeding occurs, it should be considered abnormal and needs to be evaluated.

Even though menopause is a natural process, some symptoms may be especially irritating that therapy may be desired. Also, some menstrual cycles may become so unpredictable that women may desire therapies for improved cycle control. Make an appointment with our providers to see if perhaps you could benefit from treatment.