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Menopause

womanMenopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods.  The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause.  The average age that women go through menopause is 51 years. Most women enjoy a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime afterward.

OBGYN CARE FOR MIDLIFE AND MENOPAUSE

You will experience the transition into perimenopause and menopause in your own unique way. Each woman is different. Emotional and physical symptoms vary and may include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, fuzzy thinking, change in libido and others.

Our doctors are here to help you navigate this challenging (but often rewarding and liberating!) time in your life. We can help you:

  • Deal with the physical and emotional changes associated with menopause.
  • Decide if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
  • Learn how to reduce your risk for heart disease, osteoporosis and other changes associated with menopause and “your second act.”

Menopause Information

The following information explains more about menopause.

Menopause is a natural event. Today, women can expect to live one third of their lives after menopause. The physical changes that occur around menopause should not prevent you from enjoying this time of your life. 

To function at your best, you should:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a balanced diet that contains enough calcium.
  • Visit your doctor for routine checkups

(Adapted from “The Menopause Years”.  American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, 2007)

 

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