What to expect during menopause

Menopause. Many women dread the arrival of this “change of life.” We’ve all heard the horror stories of unexpected hot flashes and mood changes that come with this period of life. Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX is a doctor who can help women feel their best even during this change, and mitigate symptoms as much as possible for an improved quality of life.

What is menopause?

Menopause is the period of life during which women are no longer able to reproduce. It is the time when menstrual periods start and other symptoms begin. Menopause is officially occurring when periods have stopped for approximately one year. During the years before, typically anywhere around 40-55, women will notice changes in their periods. This transition time, known as perimenopause, women may still get pregnant. This period can last anywhere from two to eight years before menopause begins and reproduction can no longer occur.

What conditions may arise due to menopause?

During menopause, the hormones change dramatically and may become imbalanced. This can put women in menopause at risk of a variety of problems including osteoporosis, strokes, and heart disease. To combat these concerns, women may ask their doctor about hormone replacement therapy or may learn that a more active lifestyle can reduce these risks.

What symptoms occur during menopause?

There are a wide range of issues that women may experience during this transition. These may include:

  • Changes in their period
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Increased mood swings
  • Painful intercourse
  • Sexual problems
  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep disruptions

When do I need to seek the assistance of a doctor?

Many women are able to manage the symptoms of menopause without any issues, though others may be extremely bothered by these change. These symptoms may cause problems in personal relationships or at work. When women are interested in reducing the most bothersome symptoms of menopause, they are encouraged to speak to their doctor about solutions to improve their quality of life during this transition.

Are you looking to improve the way you feel through menopause?

Call Dr. Craig Ranch and his team of professionals to learn about solutions for managing the symptoms of menopause. Our professionals are located at 7900 Henneman Way, Ste. #100 and can be reached at (214) 544-6600.

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