For many women, the journey through menopause can be confusing, and some symptoms may even be frightening. The changes your body is going through can interfere with your life and make it difficult to go to work, take care of your kids, or enjoy your own life. At Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding in Redding, California, Dr. Richard Mooney and Dr. Jorge Peña offer compassionate support during your menopausal years. They also provide a variety of treatments to manage the worst of your menopause symptoms. To learn more about managing menopause, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
Menopause officially occurs when you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. This transition signals that you are no longer able to bear children.
While the average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51, you can start experiencing menopausal symptoms in your early 40’s. Menopause that occurs before you reach 40 is known as premature menopause.
The time leading up to the cessation of your periods is known as perimenopause, where dramatic hormone fluctuations can cause a variety of symptoms. Perimenopause can last 1-10 years before your periods stop for good.
If you have a hysterectomy, you may enter into medical menopause, where your periods stop after your surgery.
Throughout perimenopause and menopause, your supply of estrogen and progesterone are reaching their lowest levels. You can experience a wide range of symptoms, including:
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and even significantly disrupt your life.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to menopause symptoms. Dr. Mooney and Dr. Peña offer a variety of treatment options to manage your symptoms based on your specific needs. You can rely on their experienced and compassionate medical team to help you through your transition.
Hormone therapy is a common treatment for menopause symptoms. If you’re a non-smoker, your doctor may prescribe birth control pills to provide a steady stream of hormones and help reduce the drastic fluctuations. If you can’t tolerate birth control, other hormone therapies come in oral, patch, cream, or injection forms.
Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes, including dietary improvements and incorporating more exercise into your daily routine.
Some women find that a low-dose antidepressant is helpful in reducing depression and anxiety that often accompanies perimenopause. Your doctor can discuss your options for alleviating the mental and emotional strain of menopause during your consultation to determine how to address your specific needs.
In many cases, once your hormones level out after reaching your postmenopausal years, your symptoms start to dissipate. Your doctor works closely with you to determine the best treatment for your postmenopausal years, based on your medical history and the severity of your symptoms.
Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about menopause treatment.