How do I know if I reached menopause?

istock 1191287571 While many women think of the aging process as fine lines and wrinkles on the face, others may be wary of a significant point in their reproductive health: menopause. Menopause is a stage in a woman’s life where she is no longer able to bear children, and going through the “change” can be quite the experience for many of the patients who see Dr. Craig Ranch, OB/GYN. McKinney, TX women who are interested in learning about this transition are welcome to ask questions about menopause during their routine evaluations. 

How do I know if I reached menopause? 

The stage of menopause is determined when a woman is above the age of 40 and has not had a period for the last 12 months. This is an official sign that menopause has been reached. 

What is perimenopause? 

Perimenopause is actually the stage before menopause. It is the transition time during which women might start to experience symptoms such as: 

  • Hot flashes
  • Irritability/mood swings
  • Lowered sexual desire
  • Dryness/lack of vaginal lubrication
  • Fatigue
  • Skipped or changing menstrual cycles

As these changes occur, many women can become frustrated. However, this is the transition needed to reach menopause. During perimenopause, women can still become pregnant, so use of birth control is still recommended during this time. 

What can be done for menopause symptoms? 

Menopause is a time in one’s life when they may be dealing with fluctuating hormones and changes to the body. Many women have concerns about lingering complications such as fatigue, hot flashes, and low sex drive. In situations such as this, patients may approach their doctor to learn  more about hormone replacement therapy. This may be extremely beneficial for patients who are experiencing issues that are interfering with their daily quality of life. 

Are you dealing with menopause? 

Women of the McKinney, TX area who are struggling with menopause can take time to speak to our doctor about improving their quality of life with hormone replacement therapy or other selfcare techniques. Call Dr. Craig Ranch at (214) 544-6600 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team. The office is conveniently located at 7900 Henneman Way, Suite #100.

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