As women age, their reproductive health changes with time. The period of menopause is a sign that a woman is no longer in the reproductive phase of their life. When reproduction ceases, these women go into perimenopause or menopause. The changes during this time can cause women to feel as though they are no longer in control of their body and health. With many different symptoms of different severities, it can be difficult to determine what is causing the changes in the body. With a proper diagnosis, most women can educate themselves on what to expect during this period of change and find ways to reduce or eliminate some of their symptoms caused by the hormonal changes in the body.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX is an OBGYN who can educate women on what to expect before and during their period of menopause. Common symptoms may include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes and chills
- Night sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Weight gain from slowed metabolism
- Irregular or ceased periods / menstruation
- Fatigue or insomnia
- Reduced sex drive / libido
- Irritability and moodiness
- Hair dryness or hair thinning
- Increased risk of osteoporosis
- Anxiety and depression
What can be done to address menopause symptoms?
Many of these symptoms can be bothersome to individuals, and in some cases, can impact one’s overall quality of life. When menopause strikes, women are encouraged to visit with their provider to discuss treatment options. Most of the signs and symptoms are a result of the changing hormone levels in the body. During menopause, many women turn to hormone replacement therapy to help reduce the signs of menopause and feel in better control of their body and the way they feel. Hormone replacement therapy works by leveling out the hormones and helping patients experience less symptoms of menopause.
Are you worried about the symptoms of menopause?
Connect with Dr. Craig Ranch and his team for an evaluation and to discuss the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause with an experienced provider. The practice is located at 7900 Henneman Way, Ste. 100 and can be reached by phone at (214) 544-6600. We invite new and existing women to our practice in McKinney, TX to discuss obstetric and gynecological needs.