Menopause is a completely natural biological process that affects each woman quite differently. At the offices of Dr. Jose F. De Leon, M.D., P.A., in Dallas and Irving, Texas, Dr. De Leon and Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Luu can help you maintain your health, vitality, and sexuality even as your fertility ends. To learn how you can manage the symptoms of menopause and continue to feel your best, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.
Menopause marks the time in a woman’s life when fertility ends. It’s caused by a marked decrease in estrogen and progesterone production.
Menopause usually happens in a woman’s 40s or 50s, with the average age being 51. Women may also experience menopause due to a hysterectomy or chemical reasons, such as chemotherapy.
When a woman has not had a period for an entire year, she has entered menopause. But she can experience many symptoms in the years leading up to menopause, a time known as perimenopause.
Perimenopause is often marked by:
Other health issues that can arise during menopause include weight gain and irregular periods. Not all women experience the symptoms of perimenopause, and some have only mild symptoms.
Lifestyle adjustments can help you deal with the issues of menopause. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way in helping you to feel good during menopause. If incontinence is a problem for you, pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Over-the-counter vaginal lubricants can help with vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse. Avoiding spicy foods, caffeine, and hot weather, and dressing in layers can help you deal with hot flashes.
You may also benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Many of the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause are due to fluctuations in your hormone levels. Dr. De Leon and Dr. Nguyen-Luu may recommend hormone replacement in the form of pellets, vaginal creams, oral pills, or injections, depending on the severity of your symptoms and your overall health.
Once menopause is confirmed, you’re at a greater risk for a number of health concerns. These include:
Proper diet, exercise, and medical screenings can help you maintain good health. Dr. De Leon and Dr. Nguyen can help you manage your health in the perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal periods.
If you’re a woman approaching menopause, call one of the offices to make an appointment or book a consultation online.