Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. Medically, it’s defined as 12 months following the last menstrual period, and it usually comes during a woman’s 40s or 50s.
Women who are going through menopause may experience a variety of symptoms. Hot flashes are one of the most infamous symptoms, but they’re hardly the only one. Other common symptoms include:
Pelvic organ prolapse can also occur during menopause. In this potentially serious condition, one or more of the organs in the abdomen fall into the pelvis. While pelvic floor prolapse doesn’t only happen during menopause, the hormonal changes that menopause brings about can increase a woman’s risk of having an organ drop.
Doctors have a few different menopause management strategies that can help patients. Lifestyle changes can sometimes help minimize certain symptoms. For example, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and following a sleep schedule can reduce weight gain and improve sleep. Doctors may also prescribe medication or recommend hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy supplements the body’s diminishing hormones with additional, identical hormones.
Any woman who is going through menopause may want to see a doctor to discuss menopause and menopausal management strategies. Women who are suffering from severe symptoms, of course, can benefit from making an appointment. Women who don’t have any serious symptoms now, however, can also benefit by talking with a doctor. A doctor can explain what to expect and how to cope with the symptoms that set in before they develop.
While any medical doctor technically can help women through menopause, gynecologists are the most qualified doctors to help with menopausal management. Gynecologists specialize in the treatment of health issues related to the female reproductive system, including menopause. Some gynecologists also specialize in caring for women during pregnancy and are called obstetricians.
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