Menopause is a natural process, but it can have very real effects on your physical and mental health. If you’re having menopausal symptoms, consult OB/GYNs James D. Neal, MD, and Florence Villa Quinata, MD, of Platinum Women’s Health in Murrieta and Temecula, California. They can help you manage symptoms caused by hormonal changes and reduce your risk of certain health conditions that can occur postmenopause. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about how you can benefit from menopause care.
Menopause begins when a woman has gone a full 12 months without a period, and it marks the end of a woman’s fertility. Most women transition through menopause naturally in their late 40s and early 50s; the average age of menopause in the United States is 52.
Menopause can be surgically induced at a younger age with the removal of the ovaries and uterus or chemically induced during cancer treatment. No matter your age or the reason for menopause, it represents a major change in your life and comes with a variety of increased health challenges.
Many of the symptoms of menopause actually occur during perimenopause, the 4-10 years prior to menopause. This is a time when your hormone production starts to shift, causing unpleasant symptoms including:
During perimenopause, you may feel moody, have dry skin, feel tired, and experience unwanted weight gain.
Menopause symptoms that disrupt your life can be managed through hormone replacement therapy and lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes include an improved diet, physical exercise, and stress relief.
Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata can offer hormone replacement through injections, oral medications, or topical creams to help restore hormone levels and ease symptoms, too.
What health problems occur during and after menopause?
As you progress through menopause, the changes in your hormones put you at risk of certain health conditions. These include:
You may experience physical symptoms, such as poor muscle tone and decreased skin elasticity. You’re also at an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata monitor you for heart disease by regularly evaluating your blood pressure and cholesterol levels They perform screening tests to check your bone density and if your bones are thinning, they can provide treatment. Hormone therapy is effective in protecting you from osteoporosis.
To learn more about the care you receive during menopause, set up a consultation at Platinum Women’s Health using the online tool, or call one of the offices.