Losing your period for good might sound like an overall relief. However, while you no longer menstruate during menopause, this transition can bring other unwelcome symptoms. At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, gynecologist Gerardo Sotomayor, MD, can ease your menopausal symptoms with hormonal management. To find out more about managing menopause with hormones, book an appointment by phone or online at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta.
Menopause is a stage of your life that begins in your 40s-50s. It happens when your ovaries stop producing hormones called estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are widely recognized as two of the most important hormones in the female body, and they play a large role in dictating your menstrual cycle. When you reach menopause, your menstrual period stops and you can no longer get pregnant.
You’ve officially hit menopause when you haven’t gotten a period for a year. Leading up to this is a stage called perimenopause. During perimenopause, the fluctuations in your hormones can cause a variety of symptoms that affect your day-to-day life. If your menopausal symptoms are severe, the team at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta can help you decide whether or not you should manage them with hormone treatments.
You’ll probably start noticing other symptoms that seem unrelated to your menstrual cycle before you stop getting your period entirely. The wide variety of symptoms occurs as a result of your decreasing hormone levels as you transition into menopause. Until you stop getting your period, it’s still possible for you to get pregnant.
Common menopausal symptoms are:
Before your period stops, you’ll likely get irregular and unpredictable periods for up to a year. If any menopausal symptoms affect your sleep, energy, or relationships, you should consider seeking treatment for them.
Hormone therapy is a popular and effective treatment for many common menopausal symptoms. Before you try it, the team at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta might encourage you to make lifestyle changes to reduce your symptoms first. Avoiding caffeine, prioritizing sleep, eating a healthy diet, and stopping your smoking habit can all help you cope with the changes of menopause.
Taking synthetic or bioidentical estrogen can help alleviate some of the symptoms that come from losing it. If you still have your uterus, your doctor might recommend taking progesterone, too. The team at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta can help you weigh the benefits of hormone therapy in your situation.
To find out more about menopause and hormonal management, call Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta or book a consultation online today.