Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life as she ages. When you no longer experience a monthly menstrual cycle, and your hormones change, you may be feeling a variety of confusing emotions and physical symptoms related to menopause. With the experienced guidance of Dr. Jehuda Renan, you can ease gracefully through the transition. At his OB/GYN office in Tarzana, California, Dr. Renan offers a broad scope of treatments to help you through your perimenopause and menopause journey. Schedule an evaluation today online or by calling the office.
Menopause is the time in your life where you stop menstruating for at least twelve consecutive months. The time leading up to the cessation of periods is known as perimenopause and can last for one to 10 years before you reach menopause.
As you age, your estrogen levels naturally decline. However, their decline is erratic and unpredictable. During this time, you may experience a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that are difficult to cope with and may interrupt your life.
The average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51. However, you may begin your transition starting in your 30s or well after your 50s. If you experience perimenopausal symptoms before the age of 40, you may have an ovarian failure or early menopause.
Perimenopause and menopausal symptoms vary, often mimicking other health conditions. Common symptoms include:
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may resolve themselves and come back again. Some symptoms may be worse during your period. You may not even experience symptoms during your transition. When you reach postmenopause, symptoms may continue for several months or longer.
Every woman experiences different symptoms during menopause, and there is no universal treatment to relieve them. Dr. Renan offers treatment based on your unique symptoms to make you more comfortable and ensure your optimum health.
Many of the symptoms you experience in perimenopause and postmenopause are related to the fluctuation of hormones. Dr. Renan may recommend hormone replacement therapy or bioidentical hormone treatments to provide your body with a steady supply of estrogen.
If you're still getting your period, Dr. Renan prescribes both estrogen and progesterone. You may need to take estrogen daily then add progesterone during the last few days of your menstrual cycle.
If you're postmenopausal, Dr. Renan may prescribe estrogen alone. You may also experience a relief of symptoms from taking a low-dose birth control medication.
In addition to hormone treatments, Dr. Renan may suggest a low dosage of antidepressants to help you cope with feelings of anxiety and depression. If vaginal dryness is interfering with your sexual satisfaction, he may recommend a vaginal lubricant.
To learn more about menopausal treatments, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.