Menopause is a period in a woman’s life, sometimes referred to as the “change,” that can become extremely problematic. Menopause, or the earlier stage known as perimenopause, can be troublesome. During this time, there is a dramatic shift in the production of hormones, specifically progesterone and estrogen. When these hormones are no longer in balance, patients may notice a shift in their overall health and well-being.
Symptoms of menopause
Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with those who are going through menopause:
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal infections and dryness
- Changes in mood/mood shifts
- Memory problems
- Irregular periods
- Sleep pattern changes
- Hot flashes
- Reduced sex drive
How to get through menopause
Perimenopause and menopause can last months or years, depending on how long it takes the body to complete the process. For some women, it is relatively minor and few symptoms are noticed, while others may experience any or all of the symptoms above and may find it greatly impacts their day-to-day life. Instead, the team at Craig Ranch OB/GYN encourages women to visit with their doctor to get through the process with as little interruption to their life as possible.
Treatment for menopause
While there is no way to actually avoid menopause altogether, there are ways of reducing the problematic symptoms that can occur. One of the best, most recommended solutions for menopause includes hormone replacement therapy. Because the levels of estrogen and progesterone are often greatly reduce, the introduction of these hormones into the body can bring the body back in balance. Hormone replacement therapy is typically a viable option for many of our patients. Women come in to have their hormone levels checked, and then with the help of their doctor, they can bring them back in balance and greatly reduce the symptoms they are experiencing during this season of change.
Call the team at Craig Ranch OB/GYN today
Women in the area of McKinney, TX who are faced with the unwanted problems associated with menopause are welcome to work with Dr. Craig Ranch to discuss solutions. The practice is located at 7900 Henneman Way, Ste. 100 and can be reached by phone at (214) 544-6600.