Menopause in Millcreek, UT
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What exactly is perimenopause and menopause?
When you go 12 months without having a period, you’ve officially entered menopause. The transition leading up to menopause is called perimenopause and can last from 5-7 years and is usually when bothersome symptoms start to occur.
Perimenopause for most women will start between the ages of 40 and 50, with the average age of menopause being 51.
What are some of the signs and symptoms of menopause?
Symptoms of perimenopause and menopause differ from one woman to the next and stem mostly from the drop of estrogen. Some women may experience no symptoms at all, while others may experience significant symptoms that interfere with their quality of life.
Changes in the frequency and flow of your period may be the first things you notice. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Irregular periods and heavy bleeding
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Thinning of hair and dry skin
- Forgetfulness or “brain fog”
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Joint aches and pains
- Difficulty sleeping or insomnia
- Mood swings, depression, anxiety, and irritability
- Irregular, racing, or pounding heartbeat
- Leaking of urine
- Painful intercourse
- Decreased libido
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What methods are helpful with menopause?
Evidence based care should focus on alleviating symptoms and lowering the risk of health problems that are linked to decreased estrogen: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and dementia
- Hormone replacement therapy, including bioidentical and synthetic hormone therapy
- Prescribed in the form that’s right for you (patches, pills, vaginal rings, topical creams and gels)
- FDA-approved bioidentical therapies (chemically and biologically similar to what the body produces naturally)
- Non hormonal therapies and prescriptions for women who shouldn’t use hormones, or prefer to avoid them
- Vitamins and Supplements
- Dietary changes and weight loss support
- Exercises to help live a healthier life
- Management of cholesterol and blood pressure
- Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (Premature Menopause)
- Hormone Therapy
- Bone Health
- Weight Loss Support
Contact us to schedule an appointment with Angela Jones DNP, WHNP, NCMP, our Certified Menopause Practitioner.