Menopause and You: Experiencing Life’s “Big Change”
Just hearing the word “menopause” can cause many women to recoil in fear. However, the truth about menopause is that it’s a natural transition in any woman’s life, and doesn’t have to result in suffering. In fact, according to one menopausal specialist, “The perimenopausal period is a reflection of a woman’s life,” and closely reflects each woman’s perception of it.
In other words, women who have stable nervous systems; who maintain positive outlooks; and who are active usually don’t experience significant interference from menopausal symptoms. On the other hand, women with underlying anxiety and critical or negative attitudes typically experience more pronounced menopausal symptoms. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that anxiety medication is now being used to treat hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms.
Recognizing the Signs of Menopause
The beginning of menopause is defined as “occurring 12 months after your last menstrual cycle.” Once this occurs, you may experience common symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irritability, frequent urination, and more—all of which are the result of reduced hormone production. Once you begin experiencing these symptoms, it’s a good idea to speak with your physician about treatment options, if necessary.
Finding Relief From Menopause
Because menopause is not an “illness” and symptoms gradually disappear over time, your physician will be more focused on managing your symptoms than finding a “cure.” The most common menopausal treatment is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which helps to replace many of the key hormones that your body has lost. An alternative method is to focus on your diet, which includes eating foods high in plant estrogens, such as soy, as well as calcium.
Need to Know More About Menopause?
If your perimenopausal symptoms are having a significant impact on your daily life, it may be time to look into the various treatment options provided by Advanced Family Medicine. Contact us today, and let’s start working toward a solution!