You may be celebrating the end of your period, but menopause has its own set of issues. The good news is that the experienced team at Capital Women’s Care in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, can help you manage symptoms and prevent complications. Whether you’ve hit menopause or are experiencing early symptoms, call the office or book an appointment online to learn about your treatment options.
Menopause is a normal biological process of life. You reach menopause when you’ve gone 12 months without your period. It also marks the end of your reproductive years.
Women may experience menopause anywhere from age 45-58, but the average age for women in the U.S. is 52. You may be able to predict your age of menopause if you know when your mother reached her pivotal stage of life.
Smoking and not having children may cause you to reach menopause early.
Leading up to menopause, you may experience a host of symptoms, including:
Symptoms vary greatly from woman to woman. You may experience some or all of these symptoms, and they may be severe or mild.
Menopause not only causes symptoms you can feel but also affects other areas of your body, including your bones. Estrogen acts as a bone protector, and as your levels decrease, your bones lose density, which increases your risk of osteoporosis.
You can’t stop menopause, so the team at Capital Women’s Care aims at managing the symptoms caused by menopause. Treatment options might include:
Hormone therapy may be recommended to relieve your hot flashes. The medical professionals at Capital Women’s Care prescribe low-dose estrogen over short periods of time to help improve symptoms.
In addition to relieving symptoms, the hormones may also provide added protection for your bones and heart.
The team at Capital Women’s Care can help you decide how often you should have a mammogram. But the new guidelines suggest:
If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms and would like to know your treatment options, call the office or book an appointment online.