Nearly all women experience symptoms of menopause, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy change. If you’re struggling to feel comfortable during menopause, Randye Karmin, MD, and her team at Miami Women Care, located in the Dadeland area of Miami, Florida, can help. To learn more about menopause management and getting relief from your symptoms, call Miami Women Care, or schedule an appointment online.
Menopause is a condition all women go through in which they stop menstruating. This change marks the end of a woman’s reproductive stage in life. While the average age that menopause begins is 51, it’s normal to begin experiencing changes after the age of 40, a time called perimenopause.
Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, typically one to three million eggs. Your body naturally loses these eggs over the course of your lifetime. Many die off, while others are lost during ovulation.
As you approach your late 30s, your body naturally becomes more resistant to follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a hormone responsible for the growth of your eggs, while your ovaries begin producing less estrogen. This stimulates the start of menopause and stops your ability to ovulate every month.
If you haven’t had a period for 12 months or more, you have likely entered menopause. Some other common menopause symptoms include:
Most women experience at least one or more of the above menopause menopausal symptoms, but not everybody does. If you’re unsure about whether or not you’ve started menopause, discuss your symptoms with Dr. Karmin and she will order the appropriate tests you may need.
Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life, so it doesn’t necessarily treatment. However, Miami Women Care offers many therapies and tips to manage it:
Hormone therapy helps increase your estrogen levels during menopause to relieve hot flashes and other symptoms. It can be used in cases where menopausal symptoms are interfering with your daily life and are not appropriate for all patients. When prescribed, Dr. Karmin typically will recommend bioidentical hormone therapies that are FDA approved. Dr. Karmin can help you decide if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
Vaginal estrogen, which you can be in the form of a ring, cream, or tablet, helps decrease vaginal dryness and may help with urinary symptoms related to menopause.
If you are not a candidate for homone therapy, but are looking for other treatment options for your symptoms, a low-dose antidepressant can help reduce hot flashes and balance mood swings.
One of the main concerns with menopause is bone loss (osteoporosis). If Dr. Karmin is concerned that you’re losing bone mass, osteoporosis treatment can help slow down the condition.
Whether you’ve started menopause already or want to prepare, Miami Women Care can help walk you through this important change in your life. Call the office or book a visit online to learn more.